A Dangerous Life
Article | Updated 9 months ago
The Goldfields could be a dangerous place.
Its inhabitants were under constant threat from disease epidemics like typhoid. Working conditions for the miners were especially perilous, and accidents were common. Due to the huge quantites of wood and other flammable materials used in both mining and everyday life, fire was a common threat, which was particularly concerning given the lack of water in the harsh, dry conditions.
What were the conditions really like? How did they cope? What were the worst disasters and the most miraculous rescues?