Update on Australian Goldfields

Life in the Australian Goldfields

Different types of mining & tools used

Panning was one of the most common ways for miners to collect alluvial
Rocking cradle diggers,pudding,shaft mining,miners pick and shovels

Chinese on the Goldfields

By the early 1850s, news of a gold rush in Australia had reached southern China, sparking an influx in Chinese migration to Australia. It is thought that approximately 7000 Chinese people came to work at the Araluen gold fields in southern NSW. The Chinese miners often worked in organised groups of 30 to 100 men under the direction of a leader, which resulted in their gold digging efforts being very successful. Conflict between the Chinese and Europeans on the goldfields stemmed from the European miners’ resentment of these successes. This ongoing tension and resentment from the European gold miners came to a head in the Lambing Flat Riots, a series of violent anti-Chinese demonstrations in the Burrangong region of NSW.

Women on the Goldfields

A woman’s life
In the 1850’s as a female you would finish school at the age of 12 but have the knowledge of a year 11 student. You would then stay at home with your mother and learn how to be a good house wife and by the age of 14 you would be of and married starting a family all of your own. As the women of a family you would have to have a meal prepared each time the man arrived home, clean and raise the children. If you had a good education you would then become the teacher for your children.

Life on the Goldfields

Life on the field was hard u need a gold license which back in there days it cost 4.15$ which was a lot and if u found gold it couldn't be your the government would take it off you it was tiring no beer was allowed.