Preserve your backyard loo
THE humble outhouse has largely disappeared from Aussie backyards, but Queensland Urban Utilities are making sure they won’t vanish from our memories.
They’re collecting stories and photos of outdoor loos from around the state to showcase in Brisbane’s first “Pooseum” and spokesperson Michelle Cull said they had found some interesting examples in the Lockyer Valley already.
“I think they hold a place in people’s hearts and it wasn’t that long ago that we had thunderboxes, so I guess they’re a quirky reminder of the times past,” she said.
One of which is a stilluseful outhouse at Lowood’s St James’ Anglican Church.
“It was, up until recently, our only dunny,” said church member Sandy Vigar.
“We’re keeping it too, it was sewered in 1974 and it’s a good spare for us.”
Two more were found at the Laidley Pioneer Village Museum, where Graeme Neilson said he “felt like a boy again” perched atop the wooden throne.
Laidley Pioneer Village vice-president John Barwell said he clearly recalled the long walks down the backyard in the middle of the night.
“It’s one of those things that you’ve gotta live through to understand.”
To make a contribution to the “Pooseum”, visit the website www.urbanutilities. com.au.
AUSSIE ICON: Graeme Neilson with one of Laidley’s last outhouses.