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Vida! The Australian Suffragist Who Shook Up An Empire

It’s impossible to discuss the Australian and global suffrage movement without talking about Melbourne woman Vida Goldstein. One of the women who tirelessly traveled across Melbourne and Victoria gathering 30,000 signatures for the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition. Aimed at securing Victorian women the right to vote. The petition was the largest known petition of the […]

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Ballarat Suffragette Signed Petition to Stop Alcoholism

Mary Morrison was living in Ballarat, Victoria at the time she signed the 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition. It is one of Victoria’s most important public records and on display at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka from October 2014. She was born in 1863 in Morrisson’s, a small gold-mining settlement near Ballarat. Her father […]

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World’s Largest Petition Of 19th Century Back In Ballarat

On 1 October, 2014,  the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE) in Ballarat will publicly display the giant 1891 Women’s Suffrage Petition. That year, a band of extraordinary women set out to prove to the Victorian Parliament that women should have the right to vote.  Led by early women’s rights activists like Isabella Goldstein […]

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