Remember the good old days? A time when technology wasn't at our fingertips and before refrigerators were a thing? Don't worry, neither do we, and in many ways, we should consider ourselves lucky.
Before modern advancements reached Australia, we relied on good ol' fashion man power to get us by. From the 'dunny man' to the 'rat catcher', take a look at these Aussie jobs of yesteryear that might help you appreciate just how good we've got it today.
That’s right, way before they had satellites andsmartphones, people were connected manually. Initially it was only essentialservices like the police and fire brigade who had access to telephone lines, however, this later expanded to businesses and private citizens around the turn of the 19thCentury. It has also been said that Instagram was not super popular back in thesedays.
Before trucks came along, farmers would employ tough-as-nails drovers tomove their livestock across vast agricultural plains of Australia. These fellas were viewed as the true blue Aussie outdoorsmanby many, and were the subject of many bush poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.
Before refrigerators became household staples,keeping milk cold was practically impossible and the friendly neighbourhoodmilkman was the solution to this dilemma. Delivering fresh milk to the gratefulhouseholds/housewives of Australia was probably one of the more perky jobs ofthe last century.
Before street lights were turned on with the modern day witchcraft wecall electricity, the lamps that lined the towns were lit and extinguished manually. It was the job of this night owl to make sure the streets wereilluminated from dusk ‘til dawn, everyday.
Got an illegitimate child? Trying to keep it on the down low from yourwife/family? No problemo! The town husband worked for the church and wouldcollect money from you to forward on to your emotionally neglected child — kind oflike Western Union for absent dads.
Sounds like a cool job right? Though it may seemlike madness now, ice was something of a luxury before fridges becamecommonplace during the 50’s, so lads would cart around huge chunks of frozen water(the key ingredient to ice) and deliver them to households.
Before the distribution of rat poison were available to the public, professional rat catchers had no choice but to be a little more hands on. These guys would use traps and dogsto capture and kill our furry little friends, to stop the spread of disease andearn themselves a little cash.
What did people do before iPhone alarms to wake them up in the morning? They employed a ‘knocker-upper’. Kind of like a human alarm clock, this person would go around tohouses and tap on windows in order to get you up on time. And going off our resentful relationship with the modern alarm, we can only imagine that whoever was doing this job back in the day, was a pretty unpopular chap around town.
Everyone likes money right? The almoner was theperson who would distribute money collected by the church to the poor, which(you’d hope) would make them the most trustworthy person in town.
You can probably figure out that this person'sjob was collecting people’s waste from their ‘thunderboxes’ and outhouses. The dunny man would either come weekly, or (in densely populated areas) nightly,and take the contents of your household’s toilet far, far away. It’s kind oflike the opposite of Santa Claus but with poo, not presents.