Suffrage 125

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Suffrage 125

This September marks 125 years since the New Zealand Electoral Act was passed giving women in New Zealand the right to vote. This historic decision also meant New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world that allowed women to vote.

The two major dates within September include 19 September when New Zealand allowed women to vote, and 28 November when women voted for the first time in a general election.

A number of celebrations and exhibitions are being held across the country to commemorate this historic occasion. Here in Marlborough the Zonta Club is organising two events to celebrate this occasion.

On Wednesday 19 September the Zonta Club of Marlborough will conduct a commemorative planting of five Kate Sheppard camellias at Pollard Park

For more information on the planting please visit their events page.

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The Zonta Club of Marlborough and the Marlborough Museum will host a couple of special guests to discuss New Zealand’s first suffragette from Marlborough, Mary Anne Muller.

For more information on the afternoon’s event please visit their events page.

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We have a host of information on the suffragette movement in our collection for suitable for all ages.

View our suffrage resources in the catalogue