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Digitising the 1893 women's suffrage petition

Digitising the 1893 women's suffrage petition

In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote. Signatures for 13 separate petitions were collected by women throughout the country and the presentation of these to Parliament in July 1893 galvanised support for this historic law change.  

In 2011 the largest of the petitions, and the only one which survives, was digitised by Archives New Zealand. Here, (left to right) archivist Lillie Le Dorre, conservator Ronnie Pace, senior archivist David Sanderson and preservation technician Caroline Garratt are carefully ushering the petition through the digitising process. 

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Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Photograph by Mark Beatty

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Stuart Strachan, 'Archives - Other archives and digital records', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/41766/digitising-the-1893-womens-suffrage-petition (accessed 16 May 2021)

He kōrero nā Stuart Strachan, i tāngia i te 22 Oct 2014