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Firing up the thermette, 1953 (2nd of 3)

Firing up the thermette, 1953

A family get the fire going in the thermette during a roadside picnic at Longlands, near Hastings, in 1953. The thermette was a New Zealand invention, a metal water container with a central funnel. The funnel was loaded with flammable material, which was then lit to heat the water. Thermettes were used extensively from the 1930s to the 1960s.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Picnics and barbecues - Picnic food and the barbecue', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39305/firing-up-the-thermette-1953 (accessed 31 May 2020)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013