Auckland Libraries: Making the invisible visible

Making the invisible visible

Wednesday 13 June 12pm to 1pm Free

Uncovering the stories of the 1893 Suffrage Petition.

New Zealand Graphic. Victory Women's Franchise Passed, 16 September 1893. Sir George Grey Special Collections, NZG-18930916-201-1.
The signing of the 1893 Suffrage petition was a momentous achievement for wāhine in Aotearoa. It led to women winning the vote and was a key milestone in the fight for gender equality. We were the first in the world to achieve this.

But who were the 25,519 women who signed their names? For the most part, we know very little about them. Where did they live? Where did they come from? What were their lives like in 1893? 

Central City Library in association with He Tohu lead curator, Stefanie Lash from Archives New Zealand, is delighted to present a background to the suffrage movement, the petition, and a look at some of the wonderful women whose stories have been discovered so far. 

Join us in the Whare Wānanga on Level 2 to hear some inspirational tales about the Auckland women who signed and learn how you can help us make more of these stories visible.

Booking is recommended. Book for this HeritageTalk by clicking the 'RSVP to this event' button below and filling in your details.

Are you interested in family and local history? Or about the history of New Zealand? Then come along to one of our fortnightly HeritageTalks. Experts in specialised fields deliver these talks and provide insight into our histories.

HeritageTalks take place at Whare Wānanga, Level 2, Central City Library, unless otherwise stated. 
New Zealand Graphic. Victory Women's Franchise Passed, 16 September 1893. Sir George Grey Special Collections, NZG-18930916-201-1.

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