Kōrero: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Outhouse, 1938 (2 o 5)

By the 1930s most new homes had internal washhouses at the back, but not all did, as this 1938 plan for Railways Department houses shows. The washhouse is contained in a separate outhouse along with a toilet, and the plan specifies that the structure had to be placed at least 15 feet (4.5 metres) from the house. This washhouse comprised a concrete boiler and two concrete tubs. 

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Reference: NZ Map 7028

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Washing clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/zoomify/40786/outhouse-1938 (accessed 22 October 2019)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013