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Industrial School, 1874

Industrial School, 1874

In the 19th century, poor, neglected or deliquent children were sent to industrial schools, where they were educated and trained in vocational skills. In theory, delinquent children were supposed to be kept separate, but in practice the children were all schooled together. These girls are in the workroom at the Burnham Industrial School near Christchurch in 1874. They are working on handcrafts.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: CW 15 5-8 Burnham Industrial School Photo Album 1874 (Girls' workroom)

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Childhood - Child discipline and justice', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

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