Women & Children on the Goldfields
On the goldfields women died because the conditions were bad for their health. The water was muddy and dirty.Women couldn't afford good medicine because they were poor. Conditions were poor on the goldfields. Many children died because of foul muddy water that they had to drink.
People died of whooping cough, measles and other diseases because there were no hospitals. Cemeteries were set up to bury the dead.
Women helped other women give birth because nurses and medicines were limited. Often,a male would play the roll of 4 or 5 professionals. It was common that a doctor was also the communities barber and dentist.