On this day
16 Dec 1903
AFTER A DECADES-LONG battle, Australia’s women voted for the first time. Only the second country (after New Zealand in 1893) to enfranchise women, Australia started along that path in 1884 when Henrietta Dugdale (pictured) founded our first suffrage group. Seven years later, in 1891, its members, and those of other organisations, took a petition with 30,000 signatures to the Victorian Government.The SA Government (which then included the NT) granted women the vote in 1895. In 1899 WA did the same, followed by NSW in 1902,Tasmania in 1903 and Queensland in 1905. Despite the heroic efforts of the petitioners, women only received the right to vote in Victorian state elections in 1908, six years after they were granted the right to vote in federal elections.