Bathrooms and Outhouses: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

0078 bush dunny

© irene waters 2017

Thankfully there are not too many outhouses left in cities and towns these days. Out west they are still fairly common. As an Australian we used to call these the thunderbox or dunny and anyone my age growing up in a country town will remember the dunny man calling. Even an outer suburb of Sydney, Cowan, had the dunny man coming into the 1980s. Some towns such as Gloucester were designed for sensibilities to be kept intact with a lane at the rear of each house that the dunny man could use to collect the offerings you had left during the week. Naturally you had to be aware of red back spiders, snakes and the frogs that peered up from within when you lifted the lid.


© irene waters 2014

A more modern version using a composting toilet. This one makes me think of another euphimism used for the toilet – throne room.


© irene waters 2015

Some internal toilets aren’t much better than those outside


© irene waters 2017

Whilst in Sweden a flushing mechanism I’d never encountered had me taking photos of the WC.


© irene waters 2015

This lavatory was notable for the colour of the floor tiling.

bathroom1 April 2005

© irene waters 2014

And this loo for blending in. ‘Loo” it is thought comes from the time of the Battle of Waterloo from a French term “gardyloo” which means watch out for the water. Something you’d want to do if you didn’t want the chamber pot emptied on your head.


© irene waters 2014

This crapper doesn’t allow for too much movement. Of course this slang term for toilet comes from Thomas Crapper who invented the flush toilet.

Post made for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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7 Responses to Bathrooms and Outhouses: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I really like your second photo. Wonderful entry Irene for this week.

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  2. Charli Mills says:

    What a collection of throne rooms! Whenever my dad set up a logging camp, he’d dig a pit and perch an open-air box with a toilet seat over it. No dangerous critters to look for, but chipmunks could be startling.

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  3. I’m giggling all through seeing these “rest rooms.” Thank heaven for our modern toilets – some os the these would have me running, And snakes in the bathroom – no thank you! Great photos though. You don’t say no to photographing anything, do you? Good for you!

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