Goldfields:Women & Children

By Isad


When the gold rush began most women stayed home and men left their families and thier jobs to go to the gold rush.Most people said that the gold fields where no place for women. By 1854 most women started coming to the gold fields.Women then started searching for gold with thier husbands side by side.Some women even started searching for gold by them selfs but they did not require a licence.

Chidren moved schools frequently because thier parents moved locationsin 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.Some children recieved no education,these children had to work on the goldfeilds panning for gold or performing duties such as clealning and looking after horses.

Women and children's health

Women and childrens health on the goldfeilds was very harsh.They had poor food resources and some children died from diseases.Many children died from muddy water that they had to drink.People died from whooping cough,measles and other diseases because there were no hospitials.Cemetiers were set up to burry the dead.


Most mothers stayed home with their children with a little amont of money.Some women made food and sold it for money ,while some went to dig for gold.