Story: Southland places

Roadside Stories: The Winton baby farmer

The peaceful town of Winton was the centre of a national scandal in 1895. Local woman Minnie Dean, a ‘baby farmer’ who looked after infants in her home, was convicted of murdering one of her young charges, and the bodies of several children were found buried in her garden. Dean was the only New Zealand woman to ever be hanged.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Minnie Dean and Winton. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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David Grant, 'Southland places - Central Southland', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35360/roadside-stories-the-winton-baby-farmer (accessed 23 April 2019)

Story by David Grant, updated 25 May 2015