Women & Childern on the Goldfields

By:Selvana 5T

Introduction

ln 1854 there were approximately 4000 women on the goldfields in Ballaret compared to about 12500 men. Most of these women were married.

Roles and resposibilities of Women

1. Cooking

2. Singing and dancing for diggers

3. Some women were diggers

4. Shopkeepers

5. Caring for childern

6. Make bread, butter and jam

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. If there was a school it was usually a tent. The roof was made from a canvas material.

Women and Children's Health

On the goldfields many children died because of the foul water they had to drink. Conitions were poor. Cemeteries were set up to bury the dead. People died from whooping cough and measles because there was no proper hospitals and medicine was not available.