Wednesday, February 13, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - D for dunny

His and hers; these dunnies are located at a camping ground near Purnong on the banks of the River Murray. These toilets are longdrops; the seat is positioned over a deep hole - no flushing required. The buildings are constructed in a way that they could be moved to a new location if the hole gets filled up.

When I was child, just after the second world war, my parents had a dunny like this out the back in metropolitan Adelaide. My father then built a new house and its toilet was connected to the sewer; no need for the outhouse then.

PS. Even at this campsite there are 'proper' toilets and showers available.

To find out more about ABC Wednesdays go to mrs nesbitts place

36 comments:

ellen b. said...

I'm so happy that I only have to use a dunny once in a while...

DeeMom said...

AH a new word DUNNY...

Interesting... and clever

leslie said...

Never heard of a dunny - we just call them "outhouses." So glad for sewers now!!! :D

Kate Isis said...

Great capture, twin aussie icons.
Happy wednesday

dot said...

I'm so glad we don't have those any more.

I knew some folks who called theirs "the white house".

Sharon said...

Never heard them called dunnies before. I love blogging and reading others blogs, I've learned so many fun things!
My grandmother had an outhouse until as late as the 60's before my mom and dad had a proper bathroom put in for her.

Fun D post!

Autumn said...

My grandmother had one of those but it was called The Outhouse..
Very interesting post!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Learning something new here, have never heard that word before. I like it, sounds better than Outhouse LOL

Neva said...

Cute post....we call these out houses here in America. My great grandmother never had a proper toilet.When she died in 1975 at 97, she had never had anything other than an outhouse.

Lana G! said...

Oh what a great entry for D! A company in the states calls dunnies honey buckets!

Katney said...

Yes, a new term for me, too. I've heard them called outhouses, chicksales, honey buckets (those are portable ones which must be emptied, not the long drop), composting toilets, and the convenience. Although, I don't think that convenience is a proper description.

RUTH said...

A fascinating post..now I know what a dunny is :o)

Ida said...

I would prefer the "proper" one`s... ;) Thinking about the hygienics. Remembering a outhouse like this - on summer vacations on a farm. No reading then.... I was fast! LOL.
An entertaining D here....

alicesg said...

Hahaha...my eldest brother in law had a bucket system toilet in his old "kampong" style house. It was very scary to use it. People will come daily to collect the bucket and sell them to farms as fertilisers. But times as change, we are so modern now.

Dirty Knees said...

Dunny is a new word for me. ;-)

Edmund (the explorer) Nesbitt said...

Wonder what the toilets will be like on my expedition!

Randi said...

I think i would have trouble's whit doing something in this dunnys ...:)
But a great idea for the D...and lovely photos.

hpy said...

I never knew about moveable dunnies, but I guess we learn every day.

Andrea said...

We call them OUTHOUSES around here. I have been wanting to find an old outhouse to take a picture of but everyone has torn theirs down. Guess no one cares to keep the memories.

RuneE said...

At least there has been some progress...

daryl e said...

Another one who never heard the word 'dunny' before .. outhouse is the nicer term .. I wont tell you what the less then nice one is..

Anne-Berit said...

Great D-photo,and story to go with it:o)

Ackworth Born said...

I remember seeing one of these in the middle of nowhere in New Zealand - actually the place was called Petticoat Junction.

Donna said...

Fun shot!! I to, have not heard the word, dunny...used before. I guess that's why we find each other's worlds so fascinating! Have fun today!

WAWAN DARMAWAN said...

nice .....

ArneA said...

Australien slangs from normal outhouses at Walcha, New South Wales?
In Norway we call them "UTE-DO"

Paulie said...

Good choice! I am wondering why thee were two -- surely not for the genders. . . This is the first time I ever heard of moving them. Usually chemicals take care of that.

TheModernGoddess said...

LOL! I think "dunny" is an Aussie word and it's great to see another Aussie participating in ABC Wednesday (particular when I'm living overseas).
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Pernille's ting og tang said...

I am glad that we have new ones were I live;)but nice photo!
Have a nice day:)

Nancy said...

Never heard of the word dunny but like it a lot better than out houses which they are called here in the states.

K M F said...

very nice

Dragonstar said...

There won't be many of these shown today! I really LOVE flush toilets, having lived without them for so long.

VP said...

A very Austrailian take on the letter D! I'm off to the UK version of Cheltenham racecourse on Friday BTW

Gemma said...

Never heard them called dunnies before...but I have had to use them.....once long ago!
;-)

Peter M said...

Are these places to let

Helena said...

My sister & 2 nieces live in Elizabeth, near Adelaide- but they didn't tell me about THIS!!!!