The Children of Victorian Prisoners
By
Jennifer Carnell

Mothers and fathers who were the sole carers of children sometimes had no one to take care of them when they went into prison.
The children in this photograph, taken in about 1870, were placed by the authorities in a home.
The youngest are toddlers and the eldest about seven years old.
The picture was captioned in ink 'Children of Convicts at Mrs. Cavendish's Farm'.

The hair of all of the children was cropped short and they are wearing identical, shapeless dresses.

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