Story: Farm families



These children are attending their local school near Waihī, rather than working in the fields at home. The introduction of compulsory schooling for children in 1877 reduced their input into farm labour, although it took some time before school attendance was regular, especially at harvest times.

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Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, 'Farm families - The rise of the family farm, 1880–1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2021)

Story by Emma Dewson and Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008