Story: Children’s homes and fostering

Boys' Training Farm, Weraroa, 1912

Boys' Training Farm, Weraroa, 1912

The Boys' Training Farm at Weraroa in Levin was a government institution for children opened in 1905. It housed boys with behavioural problems – identified as 'delinquents' – although neglected and orphaned boys also ended up there. Occupational training was an important element of the institution's regime. These boys are threshing hay in 1912.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, E. R. Williams Collection
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Kerryn Pollock, 'Children’s homes and fostering - Government institutions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 September 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 Dec 2018