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The Winton Baby Farmer . . 2012 MocAthalon Team Something SNOTy Category 10. Ars Historia: Build an iconic scene of human history. The Winton Baby Farmer Minnie Dean was hanged on August 13th, 1895 for the murder of an infant in her care. Following her arrest in May 1895, the police searched her garden at "the Larches" near Winton where they unearthed the recently buried bodies of two babies and the skeleton of an older boy. Her execution makes history as she is the only woman ever executed in New Zealand. Capital punishment was abolished here in 1961. Please view these links if you are interested in the finer, and more grisly details of this case: crime.co.nz nzhistory.net.nz Wikipedia I became quite upset by the subject matter of this moc as I began building it. Because the death penalty does not exist in my country I have never had a reason to think about it too deeply. The act of honest men to lawfully and publicly end the life of another human is a concept so foreign to me that it is actually beyond my comprehension. I decided to build this moment in history as though it were a museum exhibit, and the figs as mannequins posed forever displaying this one historical moment in time. History is what it is, and this is what happened. The following is taken from "the Evening Post" 12th August, 1895: Minnie Dean, the Winton baby-farmer and child-murderer was executed at the Invercargill Gaol at 8 o'clock this morning. She walked firmly to the scaffold, and said in answer to the Sherrif - "I have nothing to say except that I am innocent." There was no hitch in the arrangements, and the prisoner's death was instantaneous. -the Evening Post. 12th August, 1895 I love those fake street fronts that you see in museums and theme parks (and Vegas hotels) with the painted backdrops, part buildings coming out of the walls and artificial sunlight. They were the main inspiration for the design of this layout, but I modelled the buildings on old grocery store images that I found of 1890s New Zealand. A young family has come to view the exhibit. They read the history on the description in front. Where these gallows once stood, today is the car park of a large technology and housewares store. The press were there, recording history. Various towns people came to watch the event. Another prisoner watches the fate that awaits him. Thank you for stopping by.


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