Art of Ageing: Meet Elvis fan Gavin
GAVIN is an everyday senior who represent the wonderful diversity of NSW's older residents.
His story reflects an Australia unique to its older generation - a contrast of values, emotions and personality in an ever-changing landscape.
Their stories can also be glimpsed in a 30-image exhibition that will be touring NSW throughout 2018 and 2019.
The story of village Elvis
Meet Gavin. In his retirement village, he's also known as Elvis.
Growing up in the small town of Tallimba in Western NSW, Gavin's love for Elvis Presley began when he received his first record at 10 years of age.
"I started collecting from then ... I prefer the earlier Elvis music before the 60," Gavin says.
When Gavin was 15 years old he moved to Wagga Wagga and went door knocking until he found a job. He has since worked in various industries, including roof tiling and concreting, and he has been involved in many different unions.
You will often see Gavin driving the streets of Wagga in his red Chevrolet. He takes his car to the annual Elvis Festival in Parkes, where he has won the best Elvis Era Car on show for the past five years.
Gavin and his wife, Marilyn, have even travelled to Graceland in the USA to see where it all began for the King of Rock and Roll.