Goldfields: Women &Children
Roles and Responsibillties of Women
Women and children's health
While the gold rush was happening there was a lot of women and children on the gold field, unfortanitly there were a lot of them ill with dreadly disease.
When women gave birth to babys they were assisted by other women. Now a days women give birth in hospitals but in those day they gave birth on the floor or in a tent, often other women used to help the women that were giving birth. In those day they used to use tents for hospitals which was very hard .
Many childen died on the goldfields because of the lack of food and water, they did not just die from the food and water they died from the diseases on the goldfield. The diseases they suffered with was dysentery, cholera, poor sanitation measles. Children passed away by drinking dirty water from lakes that made them sick.
In the goldfields there were no hospitials.Many children and women died because there was no medicine for them.
Women and children panning for gold
In the 1851 there was a lot of children and women on the goldfields. Since there were not a lot of schools on the goldfiels children had to help there parents.
Children on the goldfields in school
Since there was no space and time to build schools children had to learn in tents. Not a lot of children got an education on the goldfield.
Nurses on the goldfield in a hospital
In the later stages of the goldrush. More nurses were available and hospitals were built.