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"The Dunny Prayer"

Bless this room Oh Lord we Pray,
Make it sweet by night and day,
Bless the seat and bless the flush,
Bless the early morning rush,
Bless the nasty little brat,
Who pulled the chain and drowned the cat,
Bless the girls who lock the door,
Reading books an hour or more,
Bless the phantom with the feet,
The prints of which are on the seat,
Bless the one, ‘We know who you are’,
Who always leaves the door ajar,
Bless the fiend who’s favourite caper,
Leaves you stranded with no paper,
Finally, with love and kisses,
Bless the bloody fool who misses.

"The Dunny Prayer"


Joined June 2008

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Artist's Description

The Dunny is Australian slang for toilet, either the room or the specific fixture, especially an outhouse or other outdoor toilets. It is often used to specify a distinction between a flushing toilet and a non-flushing toilet (e.g., a longdrop or thunderbox).
In the bush or Outback of Australia, the dunny can be a conveniently sheltered part of the paddock or indeed any place where one relieves oneself.
Traditionally, dunnies were found in unsewered areas and consisted of little more than a seat placed over a can (or “dunny-can”) or deep hole (or cesspit). The latter variation can be referred to more specifically as a longdrop. Dunnies were maintained at some distance from houses for obvious reasons of smell and hygiene. The sheds themselves were generally made of either wood or corrugated iron, to facilitate the moving of the dunny if required (for example, if the hole in the longdrop was filled up).
In mining areas dunnies are sometimes placed over disused mine shafts.

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