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Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.

Life on the Line Thistle Productions

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Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.

    Life After Service - Tamara Sloper-Harding

    Life After Service - Tamara Sloper-Harding

    This is the audio-only version of our Life After Service episode with Tamara Sloper-Harding. Watch the video documentary episode now on YouTube!


    Tamara Sloper-Harding served in the Royal Australian Navy as an intelligence officer and saw deployments to East Timor and Bougainville. 


    In this episode of Life After Service, Tarama catches up with an old navy colleague, Angus Hordern, and reflects on her life post service, including a little village called Soibada that captured her heart. 


    If you want to find out more about the charity and support the efforts of Tamara and co, you can find out more on Facebook, or you can reach out to them at: pittwaterfriendsofsoibada@gmail.com


    CLOSING CREDITS:


    Guest: Tamara Sloper-Harding


    Special Thanks: Avalon Beach RSL Club


    Brought to you by Thistle Productions: Thomas Kaye, Alex Lloyd, Angus Hordern


    Intro Music: THREE METRES by Stephen Keech


    Episode Soundtrack: THE HELL BEYOND by The Externals


    Images courtesy of: Tamara Sloper-Harding & Pittwater Friends of Soibada Incorporated


    Fuelled by Striker Coffe Co.


    Copyright Thistle Productions 2021


    THISTLE PRODUCTIONS, LIFE ON THE LINE and TECI

    • 40 min
    #111 Chad McLaren

    #111 Chad McLaren

    Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews Timor and border protection veteran, Chad McLaren.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Chad McLaren served in the Australian Army as an infantryman and deployed to East Timor in 2000. He then transferred to the Royal Australian Navy and served as a medic, including on border protection. At the Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide, Chad spoke with Sharon Mascall-Dare about his military career, the role of sport in his life in and out of the military and the importance of veteran storytelling. Chad is one of the founders of Walk for a Veteran, with the 2021 walk set for August.


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 29 min
    #110 Carly Box

    #110 Carly Box

    Alex Lloyd interviews an Afghanistan veteran and the first female in an Australian Army combat corps, Carly Box.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Carly Box was in the Australian Army for 11 years. She was the first female to enlist into a combat corps in the army. She enlisted into Artillery and was an operator of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, commonly known as Drones). She deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as a ScanEagle operator, spending over 1000 hours flying the drone, and again in 2013 as a Shadow mission commander. Today she co-owns and co-runs the Barracks Gym in Brisbane.


    The episode referenced at the end of the podcast is #103 Monika Georgieva.


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Life After Service -Tony Park

    Life After Service -Tony Park

    This is the audio-only version of our Life After Service episode with Tony Park. Watch the video documentary episode now on YouTube!


    Tony Park is a fiction and non-fiction international bestselling author. Before that, he served in the Australian Army Reserves in various roles, including as a public affairs officer.


    In 2002, he was deployed to Afghanistan alongside the SAS, with his first novel published in 2004.


    In this episode of Life After Service, Alex Lloyd spoke with Tony about what the army did for him, the challenges of readjusting to normal life after deploying, the military's relationship with the public, and his writing career journey.


    To find out more about Tony and keep up to date with his work, be sure to look at his website. https://www.tonypark.net/


    CLOSING CREDITS:


    Guest: Tony Park


    Special Thanks: Hornsby RSL Club


    Brought to you by Thistle Productions: Thomas Kaye, Alex Lloyd, Rohan Viswalingam


    Intro Music: THREE METRES by Stephen Keech


    Episode Soundtrack: THE HELL BEYOND by The Externals


    Fuelled by Striker Coffe Co.


    Copyright Thistle Productions 2021


    THISTLE PRODUCTIONS, LIFE ON THE LINE and TECI

    • 52 min
    #109 Keith Wolahan

    #109 Keith Wolahan

    Angus Hordern interviews former commando Keith Wolahan.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Keith Wolahan is a former commando, a veteran of 3 tours of Afghanistan. He’s also a lawyer and barrister, and now has been pre-selected for the Federal seat of Menzies for the Liberal Party.


    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:


    #44 Mick Bainbridge

    #54 'H' Vol II

    #68 Harry Moffitt Vol II

    #54 'H' Vol IV

    #92 Dean Parkinson Vol II

    #100 Gary  Wilson

    Life After Service: Glenn Kolomeitz


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 48 min
    #108 Ken Whitton

    #108 Ken Whitton

    Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews a RAEME veteran of the Middle East, Ken Whitton.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Ken Whitton joined the Army Reserves as a gunner in 1988. He then went full time, serving as an Electronics Technician in the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, known as RAEME. He deployed on border protection operations, and to Afghanistan and Iraq. Today, he is transitioning into a civilian career at Babcock, in Defence Industries. He spoke with Sharon Mascall-Dare, who also works at Babcock. 


    The episode referenced at the end of the podcast is #45 Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare.


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
405 Ratings

405 Ratings

128743893);028738282 ,

Thanx!

Thank you for an amazing podcast! I’ve been listening to podcasts such as The Spear and how brilliant it is to have stories preserved for the future - only wishing that someone did it for our Australian Military heroes. I’ve grown up around the RSL because of my dad and Grandfather (both now dec.) and their stories are lost. I don’t want to hear the media rubbish, but the collective unvarnished experiences of our veterans are priceless. So grateful for their service, so proud to be Australian x

jazzbomer ,

Awesome

Professionally produced and structured, this is the elite of podcasts. Great work Alex and team. I am 48 years old and really appreciate this podcast and those who contribute to the preservation of history this way. I never got to hear the stories from my grandfathers who both served in the Second World War because they passed before I realised an interest. My mother’s father was Leo Rheinberger, warrant officer class 2 2/8 Australian Infantry Battalion enlisted 1942 discharged 1945 died 1989. Least we forget

1970cowboy ,

Simon

Amazing stories of our brave men and women who serve this great country. Thoroughly recommended listening.

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