Women & children on the goldfields

by; gelaan


In 1851 there was 10 women on the goldfield . In 1854 there was 4000 women on the godfields and 200 of them were geting paid for working. There was 5% that were not married and 95%that were married . some women were shop keepers selling food and others.

Children moved schools freqently because their parents moved locations in saerch of gold.

Moving to new locations also meant that schools were not established. Children had to wait for education because most parents could not educate their own children when they had no education of their own. Many children couldn't speak english and could not read and right .Some children recieved no education ,these children had to work on the goldfields panning for gold or performing duties such as cleaning and looking after horses.

Roles and Responsibilities of women

Many single women danced and sung for men to give them small gold nuggets. Some women looked after their children . Many women helped their husbands dig for gold in the goldfields . Some women died because there was no proper medicine and limited doctors.

Below is a link that will take you to an image of women in a bark hut on the goldfields. Women made sure homes were clean for their husbands.

women and children's health on the goldfilds

Womens health on the goldfields was bad, because

when a women gave birth to a baby, she was assisted by other women.

In 1851 on the goldfields there was no doctor even no hospitals back there.Many of the women died after havinng a baby.

Childrens health was the worst thing that can happen to kids this days

More then 200 children where baried on the goldfields.

the types of diseases were, dynestery , suscetible and sanitation. It wasn't only children that got sanitation men,children and women got it some times the hole family got it.