Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Bath time, 1889

Bath time, 1889

Emily Fell is bathing her young daughter Phyllis in a tin bathtub at the family home in Wellington on a Saturday night in 1889. At the time weekly baths were common and Saturday was the favoured night for bathing. A basin and ewer are visible on a washstand on the right-hand side of the photograph. These would have been used by the adults of the house. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Fell Collection
Reference: PA1-q-075-28-1
Photograph by Charles Yates Fell

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Bathing and personal hygiene', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013