Goldfields: Women & Children

by Mathew the hunter


In 1854 there were approximately 4000 women on the goldfields in Ballarat compared to about 12500 men. Most women were married.

Children and Education

Children moved schools often. Parents kept moving to find richer goldfields. Often there was no schooling because there was no school built. Schools were made from tents.The roof was made from a canvas material.

roles and responsibilities

1. Cooking

2. Singing and dancing for diggers

3. Some women were digging

4. Shopkeepers

5. Caring for childern

6. Make bread, butter, and jams


On the goldfields many children died because of the foul muddy water they had to drink. Conditions were poor. Cemeteries were set up to bury the dead.