Gold Rush

By Ky seidel 6B

Life on the Goldfields

Life on the gold field was extremly tough. Many gold miners got really sick working in the mines which had not that much air. Food back then was really hard to get back then, you will have to walk or ride a horse to the nearsest shop to buy food with the money that you earned gold mining. The man would leave their families to find gold. Sometimes the mens children and wives would come up to the gold fields and live there.

Women on the Goldfields

In the 1800s, most people believed women were weak and not very clever. Almost all wives worked in the home raising chldren, and only the poorest women went out to work. Society had strict rules for women: they should not earn money, run businesses or live alone. During the gold rushes, many men rushed of to the diggings and left their families behind in town. Wives were forced to open businesses such as laundries or boarding houses to feed their children. Other worked as maids or factory workers to earn money.

The chinese on the Goldfield

By 1855, there were 20 000 Chinese diggers in Victoria. Chinese miners set up their camp apart from the other diggers. They had laundries, barbers, dining and gambling halls, pit toilets and vegetable patches. Chinese camps were much more organised than the rest of the diggings. Chinese miners did not dig teir own shafts, though sometimes they worked in empty mines. Instead, they sifted through leftover mounds of soil called slag, and often found gold that others had missed. Chinese diggers worked from dawn untill dusk, seven days a week.