The Winton baby farmer - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Winton's sordid past.

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Winton in the Video tab.

The peaceful town of Winton was the centre of a national scandal in 1895. Local woman Minnie Dean, a ‘baby farmer’ who looked after infants in her home, was convicted of murdering one of her young charges, and the bodies of several children were found buried in her garden. Dean is the only woman to ever be hanged in New Zealand.

Baby farmers
Minnie Dean
Williamina Dean
Central Southland
Foster care and family homes

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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