20 Jan 2013

Spectrum for 20 January 2013

From Spectrum, 12:06 pm on 20 January 2013

In 1913, 23-year-old Florence Harsant rode on horseback through the gumfields and isolated settlements of New Zealand's far north. Florence was working on behalf of the Women's Temperance Movement, combatting the excessive use of alcohol amongst Maori but she also witnessed a smallpox epidemic: most of the 2000 cases reported were Maori as were the 55 who died. In 1974, Spectrum's Alwyn Owen talked with Florence Harsant. This repeat broadcast marks the centenary of the epidemic.