Story: Women’s movement

1893 suffrage petition

1893 suffrage petition

From the 1880s onwards women (and sometimes men) signed petitions asking that women be allowed to vote. A century later, only two of the many that Parliament received still survived. After restoration, the 546-page petition of ‘Mary J. Carpenter and 25,519 others’ was put on display at the National Archives in Wellington in 1993.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-1993-2285
Photograph by Melanie Burford

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s movement - Women’s Christian Temperance Union', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011