As young as 5
As young as 7
As young as 10
As young as 14
The jobs always involved water and getting wet.
The jobs they were given were okay but could have been a bit more interesting.
The jobs were generally unpleasant and dangerous.
There were no jobs because of the credit crunch.
They would collect gold and sell it to the rich people.
They would open and close doors.
They would push trucks of coal to the surface.
They would make dinner for the miners.
It was their job to repair broken threads.
They fixed the machines that broke down.
They cleaned the sheep ready for sheering.
They opened and closed the doors.
The children had to work long hours.
The children had to constantly clean themselves.
The children received little pay.
The children often had bad accidents.
The children had no dinner or breakfast.
Commissioners were sent round collecting information and this was then submitted to parliament.
The children were immediately told to stop working, it was dangerous.
Children could only work 6 hour days and had to have dinner and tea.
They made it illegal straight away.
1841 - Mines Act No child under the age of ten to work underground.
1868 - Agricultural Gangs Act No child under the age of 8 to be employed in an agricultural gang.
1874 - Factory Act No child under 10 to be employed in a factory.
1875 - Climbing Boys Act Illegal to send boys up chimneys.