Victorian children had one of many jobs: Coal mines, Laundry for pay, Chimney Sweep, Sweated Trades, Factory Worker, Matchmaking, Scare the birds from the fields, Pottery Making, Farm Worker, Textile Mill, Ship Yard, Pick Pocket, Seller in the Streets, Rail station, Domestic Servant, Hat Making, Rat Catcher, or Prostitution.
factory work conditions
factory owners saw children as cheap work labor. because the children's families were poor, they needed to help pay the bills and help put food on the table. the children worked for a fraction of what their parents earned and the females were even cheaper. the factory owners hired children because of their size and youthful energy, their were some jobs they were able to do better at then adults.
their was absolutely no safety whats so ever in the factories. often, the kids were told to clean under the machines even while they were on. people would often get seriously injured or worse, death, because their was no form of safety measures put into place.
in the video below, kids are singing about their time working with very little pay.
"The Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals was created in 1824. Which was 67 years before the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which was created in 1891."
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC) – Thomas Agnew
paxton price, Victorian Child Labor and the Conditions They Worked In, March/2/2013.
the horrible page of history, horrible histories- Victorian Work Song, online video clip, youtube, june 6, 2011.