Story: Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene

Outhouse, 1938 (2nd of 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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Kerryn Pollock, 'Washing, cleaning and personal hygiene - Washing clothes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2023)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 Sep 2013