Goldfields: Women & Children

By Carlos


There were 10 women and 600 men on the Austrailian goldfields in 1854! Later on in the years there were 46,550 men to 4000 women.

Roles and Responsibilities of Women


2.Singing and dancing for diggers

3.Some women were diggers


5.Caring for children

6.Make food

Children moved schools frequently because their parents moved locations in search for gold. Moving to new locations also meant that schools were not established. Children had to wait for teachers and many teachers were not very well trained. Education was not important.

women and children's health

Health on the goldfield was very hard for women and children. Usually when women were having baby's they had other women to help because there were few doctors. It was very bad for young children on the goldfields. Children died from whooping cough, measles and other diseases because there were no hospitals.