Pre­serve your back­yard loo

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Me­lanie Keyte me­lanie.keyte@gat­ton­

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.


AUSSIE ICON: Graeme Neil­son with one of Lai­d­ley’s last out­houses.

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