Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Washing in a river, 1906 (1st of 5)

Washing in a river, 1906

The site of washing has moved from outdoors to indoors, though the change happened at different times in different places. This woman is washing some clothes in a river near Hokianga Harbour in 1906. She has hot water boiling in the background and is rinsing the clothes with cold river water. 

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Washing clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/40785/washing-in-a-river-1906 (accessed 16 October 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013