A group of boys play in the Water of Leith, Woodhaugh Gardens, Dunedin, in 1894. In the early years of Pākehā settlement older children were often expected to work, with school only becoming compulsory in 1877. As most adults took only a limited interest in children's play, youngsters made their own fun when they escaped from adult supervision. The outdoors provided many opportunities for adventure, entertainment and mischief.
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