Women workers stand at machines in the Roslyn Woollen Mills, Otago, in 1907. Most clothing-factory employees were young women, who worked for very low rates of pay. The Factories Act 1891 had improved factory working conditions, but they could still be unpleasant and hazardous, as shown by the lack of seating and the exposed machinery in this photo.
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