Story: Timekeeping

The Plunket clock (3rd of 3)

The Plunket clock

For at least the first half of the 20th century New Zealand mothers were encouraged to follow a strict four-hourly routine of feeding their babies as laid down by the Plunket Society, a child health organisation. The society published Frederic Truby King’s book, Feeding and care of baby (1913), which included this clock face prescribing exact times for food, bath, sleep and exercise.

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Reference: F. Truby King, Feeding and care of baby. Auckland: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1942, p. 74

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Jock Phillips, 'Timekeeping - Time and society, 1870s–1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/6704/the-plunket-clock (accessed 15 December 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006