Industrial schools were government institutions for children. They were first opened in 1867 and operated until 1916, when some were closed and others reorganised. This is a boys' dormitory at the Burnham Industrial School in Christchurch. The barn-like room and spartan furnishings suggest a life of few comforts for the inmates, though the sun spilling through the windows on the right lightens the scene.
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Reference: CW 15 box/item 5*8
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