Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms / Outhouses

Outhouse at Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia

(Photo from a slide taken in May, 1970)

The structure on the right was the loo on the property of Harold Lightburn at Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. (My Australian readers might have heard of Harold Lightburn, of Lightburn washing machines and the Lightburn Zeta automobile fame.)

The loo was adjacent to a small creek that ran down to the sea. A gasoline-powered engine pumped water from the creek up into the holding tank on top of the outhouse structure. Inside the outhouse was a chain-pull toilet that flushed everything back into the creek and out to sea.

I debated on whether to use this photo as it is rather old, (the original photo was shot on slide film back in 1970), but it is rather unique.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Aria Bella says:

    I love that we can save all this old footage and photos so they can still live on!

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    1. I wish the quality were better, but I guess I can’t expect too much from a 50-year-old slide!


      1. Aria Bella says:

        Definitely not!


  2. de Wets Wild says:

    These days chain-pull toilets are very rare!


    1. I know. In fact, I never saw one in my life until I lived in Australia, and that was almost 50 years ago. We didn’t have them where I grew up here in the U.S.

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  3. Now that’s a step back in history. Cool!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you! Yes, almost 50 years old, and it makes me feel very old! LOL

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  4. Cee Neuner says:

    Great photo for this week. Thanks ever so much for playing along. 😀


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