Over the years there have been many interviews broadcast on Capital Community Radio - far too many to list here.
Included on this page is a selection that were first broadcast in our The Listening Post programme. The programme's focus of attention is the Australian Armed Forces past and present, hence the predominent military theme of many of these interviews.
Born and raised in Kalgoorlie, Helena interrupted her university education to serve in the Australian Army. After serving for... almost nine years, she retired as a Captain to return to university where she gained a First Class Honours and PhD in History. She subsequently served for over 20 years with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including service as Ambassador to Serbia, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Montenegro and Romania and three years as Australian Consul-General in Bali, Indonesia. In addition to talking about her career Helena also discusses her new book "No Bed of Roses", about her father Teo's removal as a boy from his home in Poland to labour in Germany in WWII and his subsequent emigration to Australia.
Oliver recalls his fascinating career from being brought up in a farming family to joining the RAAF for National Service,... followed by employment with WA Railways, Channel 7 TV, the WA Police Force and in his own businesses. Throughout, his considerable skills as a diesel mechanic meant his services were always in demand. In retirement, Oliver is now heavily involved with the RSL, helping ensure veterans receive support and entitlements.
Military historian Nigel Rogers, a frequent guest of The Listening Post, discusses the Allies' struggle to keep the sea lanes... open between America, Britain and Russia during the Second World War in what became known as the Battle of the Atlantic.
Bill Edgar is an author of many publications, all highlighting the historic heritage we share as West Australians.... As a history teacher, researcher and explorer, his latest book “30 Against 300” uses all of those talents. The interview includes discussion of the story behind the Boer War’s “Battle of West Australia Hill”, the subject of his book.
Dr Cecil Walkley, aged 91, was born to British parents in Pakistan, raised in Egypt and South Africa and... educated in England where he later studied medicine at Cambridge University and competed as a distance runner with Chris Brasher, Chris Chataway and Roger Bannister. As the recipient of a Kitchener scholarship he was required to serve time in the military and spent six years in the British Army, during which his extraordinary secondments brought him in contact with Idi Amin and John Wayne. Subsequently, he arrived in Western Australia and spent many years as a GP in the Wheatbelt town of Narembeen. He later became a rehabilitation physician in Perth.
Joyce Mortemore, born in Liverpool in the early 1930s, describes her experiences as one of the million... UK children evacuated to non-industrial towns at the outbreak of WWII in September 1939 to escape anticipated bombings, and her service in the RAF.
Former lawyer of the Supreme Court of Western Australia Alan Wilson talks about his career in the RAAF... and his commitment to travel and adventure that took him to Mount Everest, the Kokoda Trail, Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica and the African savanna.
Jack Le Crass joined the Royal Australian Navy aged 17 at the beginning of WWII. Despite being in his 90s,... his interview reveals an amazing memory for detail of living conditions in the Navy during the war years. HMAS Bataan, the ship on which he was serving when peace was declared, was present at the signing of the peace treaty with Japan and Jack had the opportunity to view the signing from on board the USS Missouri. He later took part in the relief and evacuation of some of the 45,000 Allied prisoners of war held in Japan at war's end.
Former member of the SAS Troy Simmonds talks about his military career from training in Kapooka to service... in Somalia and his ensuing 10 combat deployments, including Afghanistan, where he sustained very serious injuries.
Veterinary surgeon Dr Craig Challen OAM, who with his dive partner, anaesthetist Richard Harris OAM, played... a crucial role in the rescue of twelve Thai children and their soccer coach who were trapped in the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system in northern Thailand in June 2018, discusses the rescue and his fascination with diving.
Financial solutions specialist Tim Baldock relates how his interest in the history of Fremantle during the Second... World War was kindled through defence remnants on Rottnest Island that he discovered while acting as a tour guide, leading to his extensive research into Fremantle's role as a major submarine base, described in detail in his book Fortress Fremantle, together with details of the harsh conditions under which its population lived.
Arthur Leggett, who was aged 101 at the date of this interview in December 2019, served in North Africa... and Europe during World War II. As part of the 6th Division of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force, he was involved in the actions against the Italian army across Libya. In 1941 he was sent with the AIF to defend Greece against a German attack. The Germans forced the allies back to the island of Crete, then invaded the island en masse in the first large use of Fallschirmjägers—paratroopers. Many were shot from the sky, but eventually the Germans would overwhelm Crete and Arthur and about 17,000 other allies were captured. As a prisoner of war he was put to work in coal mines in Northern Poland for about two and a half years, before being forced on a march 800 kilometres across the Czech Alps to Bavaria in the winter of 1944/45.
Ken Pittman served for 20 years in the RAAF, flying everything from transport aircraft to fighters. But there is... much more to Ken's career than this, including living the good life sailing in the Caribbean and his 'rescue' of a DC3 aircraft from destruction.
Dominic Boyle's army career has shown him to be a soldier of courage and merit, and includes service in the... SAS. One of the most telling periods of his life occurred with the Black Hawk helicopter tragedy, his bravery earning him the Star of Courage.
Bob Coventry, whose army career spanned 40 years, talks about the atrocious sufferings of POWs in Japanese... camps in Sandakan and the notorious Sandakan Death Marches which resulted in the deaths of 2,434 Allied prisoners of war.
Frank Taylor talks about his long career in the Western Australia Police and in the Army Reserve, also about... his 35-year relationship with the people and landscape of the Kokoda Trail, which he has traversed over 130 times.
At the age of sixteen, Carina Hoang left Vietnam with two younger siblings and four hundred strangers in a frail... wooden boat and set off across the South China Sea. They survived the journey and the extreme challenges that followed in a primitive refugee camp, and ultimately were accepted for resettlement. In recent years Hoang has assisted a number of Vietnamese families to find the grave of relatives in several former refugee camps in Indonesia. Former refugee, Special Representative of Australia for UNHCR, Historian, Public speaker, Award-winning Author/Publisher and star of the ABC TV series