Goldfields: Women & children

By Mya

Introduction

In 1854 there were approximately 4000 women on the goldfields in Ballarat compared to about 12500 men. Most of these women were married.

Education

Children moved school frequently because their parents moved locations in search for gold. Moving to new locations also meant that schools were not established.Children had to wait for an education because most parents could not educate their own children when they had no education of their own. Many children did not speak english and could not read or write.

Roles and Responsibilities of women

1.Cooking

2.Singing

3.Some women were diggers

4.Shopkeeping

5.Caring for children

6.Makeing bread,butter and jam

Women and Children's Health

Women and childrens health was not verry good they had a veriety of sickness like measels.

Conditions were poor on the goldfields.Many children died because of foul muddy waters they had to drink.

People died from whooping cough,measels and other diseaes because there were no hospitals.Cemetries were set up to bury the dead.

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