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( from left ) Selina Herbert and Lawson Herbert with Siane Lea and Aylah Lea . Bulls Head Inn
( from left ) Selina Herbert and Lawson Herbert with Siane Lea and Aylah Lea . Bulls Head Inn "Dunny Fundraiser". Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle Nev Madsen

SOME of Toowoomba's earliest, most colourful and most endearing residents have no doubt spent some quiet, personal time in what is arguably Toowoomba's oldest outhouse.

So why not give back to something that has taken so much?

The dishevelled dunny at the historic Bulls Head Inn, along with some of its neighbouring historic buildings have been deemed a little unsafe after recent engineering reviews.

In an attempt to save the slightly skew-whiff structures, the Toowoomba branch of the National Trust is asking people to donate to "help save the dunny."

National Trust Toowoomba branch secretary Stephanie Keays said such a simple structure provided a marvellous link to Toowoomba's past.

"The dunny is enshrined in Australian culture yet very few school children have any idea what a dunny is, let alone how to visit one," Mrs Keays said.

"It is one of the iconic stops on our tours and some of the children just cannot believe that this is where people of yester year actually went to the toilet."

All donors will be recorded in the obligatory book that will sit beside the thunder box.

A fundraising event will also be held in conjunction with the Toowoomba Repertory Theatre with a performance of I am a Camera by John van Druten this Wednesday.

To make a donation to the help save the dunny fund contact Stephanie Keays on 0432 939 350. To book tickets to the Repertory Theatres production contact 4639 4800.

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