Story: Dental care

Drinking school milk

Drinking school milk

School milk was introduced in primary schools in 1937 in an effort to improve the health of children generally, but specifically their teeth and bones. These Auckland schoolchildren drink their daily half-pint seated on a low bench in the playground, around 1939. The school milk service was discontinued in 1967.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-2461-1/4-F
Photograph by John Dobrée Pascoe

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How to cite this page:

Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, 'Dental care - Wartime and state-supported dental care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 April 2024)

Story by Andrew Schmidt and Susan Moffat, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 6 Nov 2018