28 November 2012

Getting to the Bottom of Balmain’s Dunnies

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Fergus Fricke

What was life like in Balmain in the 19th century when there was no reticulated water supply and there were no sewers.

This book will never allow you go to the toilet without a passing thought for high infant mortalities, dunnies out the back or nightmen whose bread and butter was what you usually put down the toilet.

The present sanitation system that you take for granted saved Sydney from self-destruction. Learn some defecating history as well as some of the politics of water supply, sewerage and infectious diseases.

The few remaining Balmain dunnies are both an endangered species and a reminder of a critically important part of our history that Getting to the Bottom of Bamain’s Dunnies flushes out.