De Dunstanvilles steam powered toilet!

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Stargazey
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Post by Stargazey » Thu Nov 02, 2006 4:01 pm

I am really interested to know the origins of the Aussie term for toilet, 'Dunnie'. It is certain that many Cornish convicts were shipped down under. Lord De Dunstanville and Basset of Tehidy had a steam powered loo invented and installed in his house by J Hornblower. I think this was around the early 1790's. Is it possible that some locals had knowledge of this and hence the term Dunnie was born? I know it's a silly little thing, but I've always wondered!

Hen
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Post by Hen » Fri Nov 03, 2006 4:45 am

According to my e-steamed sources:


dunny - A toilet.

The dunny was originally any outside toilet. In cities and towns the pan-type dunny was emptied by the dunny man, who came round regularly with his dunny cart. Dunny can now be used for any toilet.

The word comes from British dialect dunnekin meaning ‘dung-house’. First recorded 1933.

http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aewords/aewords_cg.php


Stargazey
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Post by Stargazey » Fri Nov 03, 2006 9:57 am

Thanks Hen! I was spelling it the wrong way, which didn't help!

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Post by Lyskerrys » Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:32 am


a steam powered loo invented and installed in his house by J Hornblower



Nominative determinism in action!

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