Bancroft Exhibition – Ann’s Bath

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The Bancroft Exhibition Notes, Edited by Karen Tyler and Huxley Baberowski.

Ann’s Bath

The house in Deception Bay was called Thelmum. It was Ann (Mrs Bancroft)’s favourite home. The doctor spent his weekends there, travelling from Brisbane to what is now Petrie by train, and then by horse and buggy to the bayside.

When Ann became ill, she was told that bathing in seawater could help, so Joseph had two baths excavated out of the sandstone on the foreshore for her to use. These baths would fill with seawater as the tide came in. You can still see one of these on the foreshore today.

Ann's Bath Figure 13. Bath viewed from similar position The surrounding mangroves contrast with the open setting of the 19th century.
Figure 13. Bath viewed from similar position The surrounding mangroves contrast with the open setting of the 19th century.

Joseph also built a large bathing shed near the water’s edge, so she could shower in fresh water afterwards, and steps were cut right up the cliff face so that after bathing they could go straight home.

Ann's Bath Figure 12. Bath at Deception Bay, c.1890 (Evelyn Bancroft)
Figure 12. Bath at Deception Bay, c.1890 (Evelyn Bancroft)

From:

  • The Bancroft Tradition Edited by John Pearn and Lawarie Powell
  • The Bancrofts, Elizabeth Marks and Josephine Bancroft
  • A History of Deception Bay, Thomas Blake
  • Spears & Musket 1879 – 1979, Stan Tutt

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