Living and Working Conditions in Early 20th Century Australia

Slide 1

This slide shows us child workers at a glass factory in Indiana during 1908. From a very young age innocent children work long labours hours for an amount of pay that only drives them in further poverty. The source shows how run down and dirty the working conditions are compared to the ones today. Much like the glass factory seen in this source, factories during the early 20th century were often provided little to no pay health and life threating working conditions and overall an inefficient production line. The working class also provided the youth as the backbone of the work force as things like the pay of the children was significantly lower than an adult and that children were ultimately easier to control. Children in this picture.

Slide 2

This shows us the hard and basic life in Britain during 1910’s. This image takes place at Port Dundas in Wood Street, which depicts the typical housing and estate that Britain offered at the time. Families that consisted of many children were forced to wander the streets with the lack of space due to overcrowded homes. The Source also shows the lack of strong infrastructure occurring in the area. Broken down rocks and rubble can be seen lying bare on the streets. Other places towns and cities in Britain such as Manchester housed many similar slum like areas in some regions due to the vast mining that occurred in the area.

Slide 3

In Britain working class women were often employed as domestic servants in middle class to upper class. This source shows half a dozen women working jobs at home, which include washing, cleaning, cooking and sewing. The early 20th century saw intense sexist views and many women would stay at home rather than work. If women had worked during these times they would most likely be suited for textiles factory.