Marcie Cowell moved to Canberra in 1946 and worked as a telephonist for six months at Parliament House. Here she talks about the nature of her work on the switchboards.
Housed in one of Australia’s most-loved buildings, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House brings the journey of Australian democracy to life—presenting its past, present and possible futures.
Enjoy a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs that challenge and inspire. There are also special activities and spaces for children to explore.
Open daily 9am–5pm
(closed Christmas Day)
$2 adults, $1 children and concessions, $5 family
18 King George Terrace, Parkes, Canberra
For more information see Visiting
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From the Collection
Maple napkin ring cabinet; plain top, sides and base, with timber framed glass-fronted door, door is hinged on right hand side and has a square pyramid door handle above a key hole; interior contains six shelves, each divided into 5 small sections by timber vertical inserts with concave front; each section has a number painted in white underneath.