From the time asylums were set up in the 19th century, vigorous work in the buildings and grounds was considered an important part of treatment and rehabilitation for the patients. Men usually worked outdoors in the gardens and farms, while women worked in the kitchens, laundries, sewing rooms, wards and staff accommodation. Patients continued to work well into the 20th century. This photo was taken at Cherry Farm Hospital near Dunedin in about 1960.
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