Goldfields: Women & Children

by Hyder

Introduction

In the early days, children had to work with adults to search for gold women had to help by cooking for men and children there was no place for a lady.There was 20% of woman in the goldfeilds.By 1854 there were 4,023 women on the ballarat
children moved schools frequently because their parents moved location in search for gold . Moving to new locations also meant that schools where not established. Children had to wait for an education because most parents could not educate their own children when they had no education of their own. Many children did not have engilish and could not speak or write. Some children recieved no education these children had to work on the gold fields panning for gold or performing duties such as cleaning and looking after horses.

Roles and Responsibilities of Women

In early days single woman had to dance for diggers and sing for diggers and hope for nuggets in return. Married women cooked for their children and husband.

Women and Childrens health

On the Australian goldfields in 1851, people had to drink dirty water,and many had diarrhoea. Many children died because of diseases on the fields. Children had to work and they got sick from bad food and water. Children died from mizles and got barried under ground.There were no hospitals so children died with few doctors available.