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Turkish baths

Join this Vicfix campaign to soak up the ambience of Victoria's Turkish baths

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Turkish baths

From the 1860s, Turkish baths were a feature not only of Victoria's larger centres but also regional towns, promoting health and hygiene. In fact, the facilities were more akin to Roman-style baths, being hot and dry rather than muggy and wet. Turkish baths offered clients a succession of sensations as they moved from warm to hot to boiling-hot rooms, before exiting via the cooling room.

Historic reports detail the various treatments and innovations on offer, revealing the changing fashions and opinions over the decades. Rather than being public bathhouses, the opulently decorated establishments offered luxury for the few rather than the many, being 'at once an elegant club, a lounging and smoking room, a reading room and a well-appointed house of entertainment'.

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