Concordia boy boarders experienced cold or luke-warm showers for many months during 1931 and 1932. The wood-fuelled bath heater was worn out, and desperate attempts to repair it were all in vain.
So it came as no surprise that, ‘with the approach of winter, the number of hardy students who claimed that they enjoyed their cold shower every morning rapidly diminished’ (The Brown and Gold, 1932). But because of a generous donation, the College Board decided to upgrade to a very welcome hot water system. This was also fuelled by wood, so stoking the system was added to the list of regular student duties.
It was not until 1948 that this was replaced by an electric system, thanks to the generosity of the SA Women’s League. But even with this updated technology, the boys soon realised that only two showers could run at the same time and that short showers were essential if all were to enjoy warm water.
Jenni van Wageningen