From the oral history collection: Marjorie Johnson
‘Marj’ Johnson was born at Orange, New South Wales, in 1921. Her family made the three week journey to Canberra by horse-and-dray when she was a baby. They camped in a tent at Scott’s Crossing but were flooded out in the devastating flood of 1922. They then resided at the former Molonglo German Internment camp before moving to the Causeway when houses were built there in 1925.
In this edited excerpt from an interview in the Oral History collection, Mrs Johnson talks about her father who was a gardener and ‘ganger’ (foreman) of workers on the preparation of the National Rose Garden at the front of Parliament House in the 1930s. She also recalls family and community life in the Causeway during the Depression.
The interview was recorded in 2014 by Barry York. The full interview can be listened to in the Australian Prime Ministers Centre. Please contact the Centre prior to your visit and quote the reference number OHI 458.