janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.
Have not seen a copper like that since I was a little lad living in the bush.
When the water was boiling mum would drop in the clothes, poke a bit more wood in, have a cuppa, and then remove the clothes with a long stick and hang then on the line.
It was also used to cook the yabbies.
- But it was never used to cook children. You must have come out very clean after your boil-up Jan.
haha I posted it until I can find a pic of Emmett.
That one catches the overflow from the tank. I remember our copper was inside the laundry. It took a whole day to do the wash back then and do you remember the Blue that was put in the rinse water for the whites? then the water was boiled up for the starch. We also had another copper down the back in which we used to make our laundry soap. After it set I had the job of slicing it into bars. I still have the recipes for soap, shoe polish, furniture and floor polish etc. written in a book by my great grandmother. It does make very interesting reading. Those were the days!! How the hell they managed to do it all I don't know.
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