Women's Work with Water

Water is needed for almost every aspect of domestic life. Before running water was piped into the home, a great variety of vessels was used to carry and store water. It was a laborious process. In the 19th century, many Orange houses had a well from which water was drawn with a bucket and carried to a barrel or small tank standing near the back door. Sometimes water was pumped from an underground cistern or gravity fed from a tank. Metal roofs and galvanised tanks made the collection of household water easier, but its abundance was never taken for granted.

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