Story: Child abuse

Death through abuse

Death through abuse

This is the house lived in by seven-year-old Henry Wain, who died in 1883 through a combination of parental abuse and neglect. His father and stepmother were convicted of his manslaughter. In this recreated scene a woman is handing bread through a window to a fictitious Henry Wain, watched by another concerned woman at the fence on the right.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Child abuse - Rates of child abuse', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 11 Apr 2018