The Builder

September 11th, 2019

Today's interview is with Trevor. After finishing his carpentry apprenticeship, Trevor found work in the north-west of Australia, a place where the heat is extreme and desert stretches across the continent. At times, the days can reach 50 degrees centigrade. It was the late sixties. He'd just begun his working life when his number came up and he was conscripted into the army.  He was facing the prospect of being sent off to war in Vietnam.

Then Gough Whitlam's Labor Party came to power and conscription was ended. Trevor was able to leave and return to work in the building industry. He'd met a mate in the army and together they formed a successful building company that went on to build in remote Aboriginal communities. This was a pivotal time in his life. Trevor learnt much from this work, and his love of the desert country and people has never left him.

The interview ends with reflections on the way in which the drawing up of building regulations and checking jobs has changed over time, and perhaps not always for the better.

The Storyteller

September 5th, 2019

Once upon a time there was a storyteller called Bea. In this episode, Bea talks about her many years of experience as a professional storyteller, travelling all around Australia and to other countries sharing her stories with children and adults alike. Enjoy!

Reflections on life, death and living a meaningful life

September 2nd, 2019

In this discussion Maarten reflects on how he created a full and meaningful life once he retired from his long-term workplace. It seems he did not so much retire as step back to consider the bigger picture, before choosing to throw himself into those things that provided the most meaning for him. Central to this endeavour are community, enjoying life, and doing useful work. 

A childhood in Perth in the 1950s

August 31st, 2019

In this episode, Geraldine talks about her life in Perth, Western Australia in the years that followed the second World War. As a returned serviceman, her father barely spoke of the war, except for one memorable occasion that Geraldine remembers here. Geraldine's childhood was not trouble-free, but she recalls it as a free and happy time. It was also a time when Australia was opening up to immigration from a range of European countries for which English was not the first language spoken. The new immigrants brought with them their skills, cultural and culinary traditions, and friendship, expanding the horizons of mainstream Australians of the time. 

A childhood in Cue in the 1950s

August 28th, 2019

In this episode a retired teacher, Norm, reminisces about his childhood in the tiny desert goldfields town of Cue. Freedom was the order of the day and he reflects that it was as much by good luck as it was good management that he survived to tell the tale. 

Introducing The Australian Baby-Boomer Podcast - Episode 1

August 28th, 2019

In this episode you will be introduced to this new podcast series that will be by and about Baby-boomers, their stories and reflections, and to Baby-boomer Iris, its coordinator. The first episode provides a brief rundown on what you can expect in upcoming episodes. Watch this space.

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