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Women’s Suffrage Petition

2011

Celebrated worldwide as a leading example of gender equality, New Zealand was the first self-governing nation in the world where women won the right to vote.

This was made possible with the efforts of suffrage campaigners, culminating in the 1892 and 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petitions. It was signed by close to one quarter of the female adult population and was, at that time, the largest petition of its kind signed in New Zealand and other Western countries.

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Digitised 1892 Women Suffrage Petition Roll — Sheet 1. Region: Christchurch

The 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition

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Catalogue record, 1892

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Wellington

Catalogue record, 1893

Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga, Wellington

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