Story: Death rates and life expectancy

Healthy New Zealand (2nd of 2)

Healthy New Zealand

The colony of New Zealand was regarded as a 'healthy district', and birth and death statistics for its settlers were of interest for comparative purposes. The healthy rural life that settlers were believed to live is depicted in this idealised pastoral scene showing the Nelson settlement in 1842. The image was used to promote Nelson to potential immigrants.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0011-06-1
Tinted lithograph by John Waring Saxton

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How to cite this page:

Ian Pool, 'Death rates and life expectancy - Recording births and deaths', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Ian Pool, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 14 Mar 2019