Story: City children and youth

Laundering clothes (1st of 2)

Laundering clothes

Adolescent girls – with their hair down – wash clothes in a commercial laundry in Auckland, around 1900. Children’s wages were an important addition to working families’ budgets. Before compulsory schooling was introduced in 1877, children as young as eight were employed in factories and other workplaces. After this, workers had to be over age 12.

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Ben Schrader, 'City children and youth - Working children', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010