According to the 9News, the humble backyard dunny is no longer a fixture of suburban Australian life, but their memory will linger on in a specially created new memorial. The “Looseum” opened today, with a ceremony featuring a brown carpet.
Queensland Urban Utilities launched the project, which is fittingly located next to Brisbane’s Luggage Point sewage treatment plant. The Looseum’s dunnies were rescued and then restored by the Men’s Shed. (Queensland Urban Utilities)
The new memorial boasts three fully restored outhouses, as well as photos, stories, paintings, books and even songs that were sent in as part of a national campaign to “flush out” Australia’s thunderbox history, stores near me.
Outhouses used widely in Brisbane until as recently as the 1970s, but toilets were gradually moved inside homes as underground plumbing networks became more common. Many households ended up converting the now unused buildings into sheds, however, the QUU says it found at least 120 backyard dunnies still in use across the country as part of its search.
Australia’s dunny history includes memories of night soil men and scary night-time trips to the loo (Queensland Urban Utilities). Many Australians have memories of the iconic dunny.
The Looseum’s thunderboxes were rescued from Carina, Alderley, and Toogoolawah and were renovated by volunteers from the Men’s Shed, QUU spokesperson Michelle Cull said.”The dunnies were in terrible condition when we found them and one was destined for certain demolition, so it’s great we could save this piece of Australian history for future generations,” she said.