Children In Paradise: Growing Up On The Australian Goldfields

Prangnell, Jonathan and Quirk, Kate (2009) Children In Paradise: Growing Up On The Australian Goldfields. Historical Archaeology, 43 3: 38-49.

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Author Prangnell, Jonathan
Quirk, Kate
Title Children In Paradise: Growing Up On The Australian Goldfields
Journal name Historical Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0440-9213
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 38
End page 49
Total pages 11
Editor J. W. Joseph
Place of publication United States of America
Publisher The Society for Historical Archaeology
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
210108 Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology)
Abstract Paradise, a gold mining town in Queensland, Australia, was occupied only briefly towards the end of the 19th century, a single fleeting moment in the boom-and-bust cycle of the Australian gold rush. At its zenith, Paradise was home to more than 600 people, and contrary to popular expectations about the nature of the goldfields, a substantial proportion of the inhabitants were children. While the presence of children in the archaeological record is frequently overlooked, evidence from Paradise not only confirms the existence of children at the site but also illuminates community attitudes toward children and the nature of childhood in colonial Australia. The evidence from paradise strongly suggests a deep-rooted tension between middle-class Victorian ideals of childrearing and the realities of life in a frontier mining town.
Keyword Australian Goldfields
Mining town
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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