The Australian Gold Rush

By Teisha

Searching For Gold ?

When there was few women diggers , however and the rich Bendigo goldfields were discovered by a woman. Digging at the gullies were filled with claims and the higher grounds became campsites . A claim was a area of land 3.6 metres square. Separating the gold from the dirt was done in a washing cradle or a sluice box. There was many ways to find gold and these are some Gold Panning , gold mining and Sluicing & Surface Mining

What Was It Like To Live On The Goldfields ?

Many people died of illness and diseases. If you have equipment that you need you have to carry it to where you are digging for gold . Digging at the gullies were filled with claims and the higher grounds became campsites . There was lots of violence pn the goldfields and tensions rose easily .

Women On The Goldfields ?

Mostly men who went to look for gold .Women and children joined the later .Women cooked and washed . Some women sang and danced for the diggers. In early years of gold rush very few women at any goldfields. Few women were diggers .Always more men than women on goldfield. Womens work consisted of washing , cooking and ironing .Women made bread, butter, soap, jams, and clothes . Living conditions were cramped at the goldfields .

Chinese on the Goldfields

The news of the gold rush spread to China in 1853When the Chinese arrived in Australia they stayed in large groups and also They were allocated jobs. Worked hard and lived simple lives .They preferred not to go deep underground and have fear of hurting the mountain gods They tried to limit the numbers at the goldfields as the law passed in 1885 that any Chinese person entering Victoria would pay 10 pounds and 1 pound for a protection fee .