Scroll through the 1913 list of rules and members of the Ranfurly Club in Masterton. This copy belonged to Ruth Beetham, the then president. The club was socially exclusive, and the rules made sure it stayed that way. Women who wanted to join had to be nominated and seconded by two current members, and then voted for by other members. If one in five voted against the prospective member, she was not accepted into the club. Other rules relate to the club rooms and accommodation. One of the objectives was to provide a central place for women from outlying rural areas to meet and stay – a boon in the days when roads were often bad and transport slow.
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