Thursday, February 07, 2008
I vaguely recall from my childhood the word Donne written on some toilets in Oakleigh. Is it Italian for female? Not sure how many Italian women shopped in Oakleigh. Many Greek women did and according to my grandmother, 'stood around in groups blocking the footpaths and yabbering away in Greek'.
So I suppose it is quite legitimate to have the word Donne on these Port Melbourne Beach toilets where many Italians once lived. But I would expect the gender indication would be faded and almost illegible, but no, it must regularly get repainted. How many non English reading Italian women would now frequent the beach?
Never mind, as a toilet block, it is quite attractive and the sign keeps a bit history alive. There is a matching block for the blokes.