Goldfields: Women & Children

By Vivyan

Introduction

In 1854 there were approximately 4000 women on the goldfields.

Children and education

Children moved schools often. Parents kept moving to find richer goldfields. Often there

was no schooling because there was no school built. Schools were made from tents the

roof was made from a canvas material.

Health

On the goldfields many children died because of the foul mvddy water they had

to drink. Conditions were poor and cemeteries were set up to bury the dead.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Cooking

2. singing and dancing for diggers

3. some women were diggers

4. shopkeepers

5. caring for children

6. making bread, butter and jams