Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Outhouses, Auckland, 1962

Outhouses, Auckland, 1962

The backyard privy or outhouse was common in New Zealand well into the 20th century. These old homes in Auckland still had working outhouses in 1962. They were seen as slums by the council, a perception to which the outhouses would have contributed. 

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Toilets', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013