Women & Children in the Goldfields
Children and Education
roles and responsibilities
2. Singing and dancing for diggers
3. Some women were diggers
5. Caring for children
6. Making bread, butter and jams
On the goldflelds many children died because of the foul muddy water they had to drink. Conditions were poor. Cemeteries were set up to bury the dead. People died from whooping cough, measles and other diseases because there were no hospitals. Women helped other women give birth because nurses and medicines were limited.