Story: Sexual health

Christchurch Lock Hospital

The Contagious Diseases Act 1869 allowed police to force women suspected of prostitution to submit to a physical examination. If found to have a sexually transmitted infection, they were held in a ‘lock hospital’. This plan is of the Christchurch Lock Hospital, which was part of Addington Prison. The layout of the lock hospital shows that the occupants were kept in similar conditions to prisoners. Opponents of the law argued that it allowed men to sin without fear, at women’s expense.

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Christchurch Regional Office, Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: CH287, CP 343c, ICPS 1211-1872

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Jane Tolerton, 'Sexual health - Sexual health to 1914', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 May 2024)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018