Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Rooftop washing line, Wellington, 1943 (4th of 5)

Rooftop washing line, Wellington, 1943

High-rise state housing blocks had communal washhouses and washing lines on the roof. These are the Dixon Street flats in Wellington in 1943, the year they were built. This was a promotional photo intended to show that Monday washday could still take place in a high-rise building.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, John Dobrée Pascoe Collection (PAColl-0783)
Reference: 1/4-000819-F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Washing clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013