'Who ever thought we'd get a Tocumwal house!'
John Barty was employed as a carpenter on the construction of houses at the Tocumwal air force base. Like Stanley Forster he was in the Civil Construction Corps during the war. He travelled as far afield as the Northern Territory doing this work. After the war, he was attracted by the building work opportunities in Canberra and he and his family moved to Canberra from Finley in 1947. One of the first jobs he was employed on was re-erecting the Tocumwal houses in Ainslie. In 1953 the Barty's were allocated a Tocumwal house in Todd Street, O'Connor.
Information from the late Alma Barty and Norman Barty, Todd Street, 1953-1973 (contributed 1996)
On the road
Unloading in O'Connor
Who ever thought we'd get a Tocumwal house!
Owen Taverner - bricklayer - contract for 100 Tocumwal cottages in O'Connor