The Race Marches Forward on the Feet of Little Children


"The sickness and debility of babies is due to mere ignorance and carelessness: rarely to intentional neglect or cruelty." - Save The Babies Week, 28 October - 2 November, 1917.

Sir Frederic Truby King (1858-1938) was a scientist, farmer, gardener, doctor, educator, and a key figure in New Zealand healthcare reform during the first half of the twentieth century. From 1889, he was the Medical Superintendent at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, before establishing the Society for the Health of Women and Children at Karitane in 1907 – later named the Plunket Society.  Over the course of his life he worked tirelessly to promote mothercraft, breastfeeding, and the training of women as nurses, campaigned against the dangers of over-education in women, contributed to the literature of the eugenics movement, and developed a complete food for infants known as 'humanized' milk.


Originally exhibited and commissioned by Blue Oyster Art Project Space in 2018, as part of the installation The Race Marches Forward on the Feet of Little Children.