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Suffrage & Beyond

Suffrage & Beyond

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  • Wed 24 Jul, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 25 Jul, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 26 Jul, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 27 Jul, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 28 Jul, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, 31 Queens Garden, Dunedin


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

In 1893 a radical change took place in New Zealand. After years of campaigning, and in the wake of the submission of a massive petition to Parliament, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world where women achieved the right to vote.

At a general election on 28 November 1893 New Zealand women voted for the first time, years ahead of women in most other democracies, including Britain and the United States, who did not achieve similar rights until after WWI.

The women’s suffrage debate was particularly intense in Dunedin. The level of support for women’s suffrage in the city was clearly demonstrated by the particularly large proportion of signatures on the 1893 petition that came from Dunedin.

This exhibition marks 125 years since women achieved the right to vote, recalling the events leading up to the 1893 election, and exploring progress and change in the lives of women over the ensuing 125 years.

Suffrage & beyond 1893-2018 is in the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery. Admission is free. The exhibition is open during normal museum hours.

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