This is the female division of Mt Eden Gaol in 1900. During the 19th century women were locked up in the same prisons as men. In the 1890s groups such as the National Council of Women and the Women's Christian Temperance Union campaigned for separate women's prisons. Arthur Hume, the inspector general of prisons, rejected the idea on the grounds that there were too few women prisoners to justify the expense. The first women's prison, at Addington in Christchurch, was not set up until 1913, four years after Hume retired.
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