Age is the primary way children are defined in a legal sense. Different abilities, responsibilities and culpabilities are bestowed at different ages. The definition of a child has changed over time, and also varied between different laws and policies in place at the same time. This newspaper clipping from 1872 describes how a child of seven is treated as an adult when it comes to depositing and withdrawing money.
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Reference: Timaru Herald, 5 February 1972, p. 4
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