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New Zealand's First Refugees: Pahiatua's Polish Children


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It was not possible to obtain any output figures for the laundry but after learning that the six laundresses, with very poor facilities at their disposal, performed the washing and ironing of personal garments for 384 children, the committee was satisfied that this section was not overstaffed.

Apart from the usual tubs and coppers, the only equipment available in the laundry is two household electric washing machines. These are inadequate and if the camp is to continue for any length of time, serious consideration should be given to the supply of a commercial-sized washing machine or machines to the camp. The provision of this equipment will either make a reduction in staff possible or enable the existing staff to handle, in addition, the washing of the bed linen which at present is done in Palmerston North.