On this day

16 Dec 1903

Australian Geographic - - Geo buzz -

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.

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