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Lucy Kavale Henderson

PositionMaster’s Student
DepartmentDepartment of Anatomy
Research summaryInvestigating childhood physiological stress experiences in mid-nineteenth century Otago settlers
TeachingDemonstrator for BIOA 301
MembershipsAnatomy Seminar Series Committee


New Zealand was meant to offer a land of plenty to early non-Māori immigrants. Was this dream realised, and were their children offered better living conditions and life prospects than back 'home'?

My research focuses on elucidating the early lived experiences of physiological stress resulting in enamel formation disruption in early Otago settlers through the histological analysis of dentition.

By considering these results in a grounded framework of concurrent bioarchaeological research a bigger picture of health during the mid-nineteenth century can be drawn, highlighting the nuanced individual life histories that can often be lost to the historical record.