Story: Child abuse

Health camps

A line of children stand outside, while doctors and nurses weigh and measure others.

From 1919, malnourished children could be sent to health camps, where they were fed nutritious food, weighed and measured, and given regular exercise. The woman weighing these boys at a camp in 1928 is Dr Elizabeth Gunn, founder of the health camps.

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Bronwyn Dalley, 'Child abuse - State action on child abuse', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2024)

Story by Bronwyn Dalley, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Jan 2024