Story: Childhood

Minding siblings, around 1900

Minding siblings, around 1900

Older children often act as child minders for their younger siblings. Once they turn 14, they can legally look after children without adult supervision. This boy is minding his young brother and sister while their parents do other things, about 1900. He is keeping them occupied with paint and paper.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, A. C. Gifford Collection
Reference: 1/2-060438-G
Photograph by Algernon Charles Gifford

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Family, school and work responsibilities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Dec 2018