Women & Childern on the Goldfield

by Elie 5t


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


Children moved school often. Parents kept moving to find richer goldfields. Often there was no schooling because there was no school built. School were made from tents. The roof was made from a canvas material.

Roles and rsponsibilities

1. cooking

2. sining and dancing for diggers

3. some women were diggers

4. shopkeepers

5. caring for children

6. making bread, butter and jams


On the goldfields many children past away because of the foul muddy water they had to drink. Conditions were poor. Cemeteries were set up to bury the dead.
They had little medical assistance.