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Women voting in local-body election, 1893

Women voting in local-body election, 1893

In this illustration from an 1894 publication, a group of well-dressed women in Devonport, Auckland, gather outside their borough council chambers, preparing to vote in the 1893 general election. The Municipal Corporations Act 1876 gave the vote to all property owners, male and female, although women could not vote in general elections until 1893. In this election Onehunga voters elected the first woman mayor in the British Empire, Elizabeth Yates.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
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Mark Derby, 'Local and regional government - Local authorities multiply', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/35373/women-voting-in-local-body-election-1893 (accessed 22 July 2019)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 17 Feb 2015