Hi Peter, one of my cousin told me that they used to puff in this "smokehouse" in the 70's. It was also known as "smokehouse" then. Maybe the name originated way back in the 70s' or maybe earlier. I got a feeling it got to do something with the "puffing".
I am having the oldest surviving approved plans for this "smokehouse". It was approved by Ipoh Sanitary Board then. It is not done on paper but on a piece of cloth. Of course, over the years, the piece of cloth has turned yellow. Maybe I will show it to you and get it photographed for history purposes.
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Very interesting, Harneak. I believe visitors to the blog are waiting for the first-hand look at the plan which interestingly was drawn on a piece of cloth.
A Little Update:
The old smokehouse was built in 1940 by Brother Patrick O' Donovan to replace the bucket system toilet which Michaelians had patiently used up to the late 1930s. The smokehouse, even from the time it was slated for renovation last month, did not change much. It was used by the British army, the Japanese during the war and by generations of Michaelians.
A toilet which is going to be 60 years old next year actually deserve a mention.
Thank you, Brother Vincent for the information.
How this name came about was unknown. Perhaps very old Michaelians can shed some light on this. The dilapidated and aging conditions of the boys' toilet for the past ten years have caused great inconvenience to fellow students.
The completion of the toilet will set another milestone in our quest towards the centennial celebrations.
"Upholding The Great Michaelian Ethos".