Story: Rhythms of daily life

Working on a farm

Ellen Dennison remembers her work on a farm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her day started at 4 a.m. and ended at 11 p.m. Like the anonymous woman in this late 19th-century photograph, milking was part of Dennison's routine. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-141153-G
Photograph by William Williams

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Rhythms of daily life - Schedules and routines of life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/40485/working-on-a-farm (accessed 24 July 2021)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013