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Petition for equal voting rights for both sexes: A letter to the President of the Federal Convention of Australasia

Page(s): 1  
Title: Petition for equal voting rights for both sexes
Subtitle: A letter to the President of the Federal Convention of Australasia
Date: 26 February 1897
Content creator: Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Australasia.
Keywords: Australian history, constitutions, petitions, political attitudes, political campaigns, political movements, political power, suffragettes, voting, voting rights, women's rights, Australasian Federal Convention, Harris, Nora B, Nicholls, Elizabeth Webb, Women's Christian Temperance Union, Women's Christian Temperance Union of Australasia, women, rights, elections, election, feminism, suffrage, gender issues
Record creator: Australasian Federal Convention
Reference: R216, 1
Copyright notice: Reproduced by kind permission of the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Australia Ltd

Equal voting rights for both sexes


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This is a one-page handwritten petition from the executive of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Australasia to the president of the first session of the Australasian Federal Convention of 1897–98. The petition presents a resolution passed by the Union executive on 26 February 1897, calling for equal voting rights for both sexes to be incorporated in the proposed constitution for an Australian federation. It is signed by the president of the Union, EW Nicholls, and the secretary, Nora B Harris, on behalf of all members.

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