#151 Peter Whitehead
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by Thistle Productions
1M ago
Tony Park interviews World War II veteran Peter Whitehead. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Peter Whitehead, born in 1923, is a veteran of World War II. He tried to join the Royal Australian Navy when war broke out but was rejected, instead becoming a ‘rough rider’ with the 2nd Remount Unit based at Holsworthy, in Sydney. After breaking in thousands of horses to support domestic war operations, he managed to join the Royal Australian Air Force, qualifying as a gunner. Peter was sent to one of the first B24 Liberator squadrons, in New Guinea a ..read more
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Christmas on the Line Vol VI
Life on the Line
by Thistle Productions
2M ago
Veterans of Season 7 share their stories of a Christmas in uniform. Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Veterans of Season 7 share with the Thistle Productions team their experiences of Christmas in uniform, from deployments overseas and back home in Australia. Featured guests include John White, Rod Henderson, Mark Direen, Rebecca and Ashley Semmens, Ray James and Doug Sheridan. This episode was edited by Sophie Hu and Alex Lloyd. The episodes these veterans were featured in earlier this season include: #137 John White #138 Rod Henderson #142 Mark ..read more
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#150 Doug Sheridan
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by Thistle Productions
3M ago
Alex Lloyd interviews SASR veteran Doug Sheridan in the Season 7 finale.  Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Doug Sheridan is a veteran of the Special Air Service Regiment. He served for 33 years in the Australian Army, full-time and reserve. This included various deployments with the United Nations, the SASR and the Australian Federal Police to the Western Sahara, East Timor, the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan. He also served for 10 years in the AFP as a Federal Agent and was one of the original Air Security Officers following the 9/11 t ..read more
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#148 Steve Moharic
Life on the Line
by Thistle Productions
4M ago
Thomas Kaye interviews 2nd Commando Regiment veteran and dog handler Steve Moharic. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Steve Moharic is an Australian Army veteran. He was a paratrooper, a shooter in the 2nd Commando Regiment, and then a dog handler within the Commandos. He and his four-legged best mate Guge saw a lot together. Steve spoke with Thomas Kaye over Zoom about his difficult pre-military past, his career in uniform, his life today still with Guge and gives great insight into how our war dogs work hand in paw with those in uniform.&nbs ..read more
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#147 Ray James
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by Thistle Productions
4M ago
Angus Hordern interviews Vietnam veteran and RSL NSW President Ray James. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Ray James is a veteran of the Vietnam War and is currently the President of NSW RSL. He served in the Royal Australian Navy on HMAS Sydney, the Vung Tau ferry. He was also on HMAS Melbourne when it collided with the USS Frank E. Evans in 1969. Ray spoke with Angus Hordern about his life of service – in the military, in the police force and now in the veteran community. Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include: LIFE ON THE S ..read more
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Working Spirit with Karyn Hinder
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by Thistle Productions
5M ago
Alex Lloyd speaks with founder of the veterans charity Working Spirit, Army and RAAF veteran Karyn Hinder. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and tells their story. This is a bonus episode focused on the veterans-run charity Working Spirit, in a conversation with its founder. Karyn Hinder is an army and air force veteran with over 25 years of service. She has deployed to Timor and the Middle East. Her passion today is assisting military veterans to find employment in their life after service. She launched Working Spirit in 2016, a registered not-for-profit charity. Karyn ..read more
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#146 Joel Sardi
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by Thistle Productions
5M ago
Thomas Kaye interviews Afghanistan veteran Joel Sardi.  Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Joel Sardi is a veteran of the Australian Army. He served for 5 years and deployed to Afghanistan as a rifleman at 7 RAR. Shortly after coming home, Joel had an accident, leaving him as a C-5 quadriplegic. Joel spoke to Thomas Kaye over Zoom about his time in the army, and adjusting to a new life after the accident. This episode was edited by Sophie Hu During the interview, Joel Sardi mentioned Damien Thomlinson. Angus Hordern interviewed Damien in a ..read more
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#145 Lily Mulholland
Life on the Line
by Thistle Productions
5M ago
Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews Timor and Bougainville veteran, Lily Mulholland. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Lily Mulholland served in the Australian Defence Force for 24 years as a public affairs officer. She has deployed to Timor, Bougainville and the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games on Operation Gold. During her time in the army, she also undertook an ADF expedition to Mount Everest. Lily shared her story with Sharon Mascall-Dare.  To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us ..read more
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#144 Phillip Thompson
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by Thistle Productions
6M ago
Angus Hordern interviews Afghanistan veteran and Federal MP Phillip Thompson. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Phillip Thompson is the Federal Member for Herbert and an Australian Army veteran. He deployed to Timor and Afghanistan, and was blown up by an improvised explosive device. He represented Australia at the Invictus Games in 2014 and now represents Townsville in Canberra. This is his conversation with Angus Hordern. This episode was edited by Sophie Hu. Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include: #102 Heston Russell #109 Ke ..read more
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#143 Rebecca and Ashley Semmens
Life on the Line
by Thistle Productions
6M ago
Alex Lloyd interviews navy veterans Rebecca and Ashley Semmens. Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Rebecca Semmens served in the Royal Australian Navy for 18 years, and was medically discharged in 2020 at the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Bec was a medic, and deployed to Timor and Afghanistan. Her husband, Ashley Semmens, was a Clearance Diver, also serving in the navy for 18 years. Ash had multiple deployments, including to Afghanistan. He was a Clearance Diver, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal expert and was in Kabul during the evacuation as the ..read more
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