Goldfeilds: Women & Children
Roles and Responsibilities of Women
Women and childrens health on the goldfeilds
Health on the goldfields was very poor in the 1850s. The women and children had many diseases on the goldfeilds. Many of the women and childrens had diseases from cholera and typhoid. That caused many people to have diarrohea and women did not want to be there. Diptheria, whopping cough, measles, typhoid and scarlet fever swept through the goldfeilds. Many people died from these diseases. When a women gave birth she was normaly assisted by other women as there were few doctors.