How did women become successful
Women at the Goldfields
Women’s work consisted of washing, ironing and cooking. They made bread, butter, jams, soap and clothes for the family. Fresh vegetables and fruit were scarce and cost a lot. Usually when a woman gave birth to a baby, she was assisted by other women. Many women died while giving birth. Epidemics of illnesses such as diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, typhoid and scarlet fever swept through the goldfields, and many men, women and children died.
Stores on the gold rush
Stores were set up to sell goods for the miners, the red coats and locals.
A gold rush sign
People needed to know when the gold rush will occur and when people will come from around the world to find gold.
A general store
General stores are sometimes set up in the middle of know where for people who are travelling.