Goldfields: Women & Children

By Amenah


There were 4023 women in the Ballarat, they had to work all day long on all types of things in harsh conditions. Some women where giving birth so they had to stay at home and other women came and gave birth on the goldfields.
Children moved schools frequently because thire parents moved locations in search for gold. Moving to a new location also meant that schools were not established. Children had to wait for an education because most parents could not educate there own children when they had no education of their own. Many children did not speak english and could not read or write. Some children received no education, these children had to work on the goldfields panning for or performing duties such as cleaning and looking after horses.

Role and Responsibilities of Women

Some women on the goldfiels were digging and others were dancing for the men that were digging. Most women had to look after there children. They also had to cook for their famliy like butter, jamsl, soap and even make clothes. Other women had too deliever babys for other women.


Health on the goldfields was a very poor. For most of the people that lievied there. Most poor people were dying because they didn't have lots of money to buy medicine or clean water. Medicine was herbs.