Story: Farm families

Claris family on their farm

Claris family on their farm

In the bush areas of the North Island, where holdings were smaller, the family became crucial to the operation of the farm. Here the Claris family pose in front of their newly-cleared land at Waiteika Road, Ōpunake, Taranaki about 1902. The parents, William and Emily, are accompanied by (from left) Warwick, Maurice, Millie, Mercy, and the oldest son, Hollie. All, plus dogs, would have worked around the farm.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
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Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, 'Farm families - The colonial family and the household economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008