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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Reference: CW 15 5-8 Burnham Industrial School Photo Album 1874 (Girls' workroom)
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