Saturday, May 25, 2013

Melbourne facilities in Agatha Christie's era

Reading an autobiography of Agatha Christie I was amazed by facilities in Melbourne which she describes in the book. Shortly after her first marriage Agatha Christie travelled around the world and also visited Australia. On the pages of the book she describes how they stayed at hotel in Melbourne:
The sanitary arrangements were slightly embarrassing to one of Victorian upbringing. The ladies of the party were politely ushered into a room where two chamber pots sat in isolation in the middle of the floor, ready for use as desired. There was no privacy, and it was quite difficult...
I find it quite unexpectedly taking into account that Melbourne always and particularly at those times has been a quite progressive city. For example, the first sectioned water meter was provided there in 1853.