Join Stefanie Lash from ArchivesNZ as she Uncovers the stories of the1893 Suffrage Petition.
With a focus on the Invercargill and Southland suffragists, Stefanie will discuss some of the interesting people researched so far and demonstrate how visitors can upload their own stories of the suffragists to the ever-expanding database of knowledge about the Women’s Suffrage Petition.
Invercargill was a hotbed of women’s suffrage, and contributed over 1,200 signatures to the suffrage petition that directly led to the passing of the Electoral Act giving women the right to vote. Behind Kate Sheppard and the well-known campaigners of the day were over 25,000 suffragists whose stories are yet to be told.
The 1893 Petition is on permanent display at He Tohu. He Tohu opened in May 2017 and will be in place for at least 25 years. Stefanie Lash, Lead Curator of He Tohu, will introduce the audience to the magic and mysteries of the Petition document. The interactive technologies in the exhibition allow visitors to search for their ancestors by name and be instantly taken to the place on the huge roll where their signature lies – but what is this worth without being able to learn the stories of some of these ordinary and extraordinary women?