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Sat 9 Feb 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 16 Feb 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 23 Feb 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 2 Mar 2019, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 3 Mar 2019, 1:30pm–4:00pm

Where: Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tairawhitimuseum

Ambitious Gisborne Women - 10 November 2018 - 3 March 2019.

Opening 5:30pm, 9 Novemeber 2018
Public talk by Jean Johnston, 5:30pm 19 September 2018.

On 19 September 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

This exhibition tells the local story – demonstrating how well Gisborne women mobilised to go to the polls for the first time on 28 November 1893.

The sheets of names of the women of this region who signed the 1893 Suffrage Petition have been lost but we do have a record of the over 200 women who signed the 1892 petition.

Gisborne women formed a number of active political groups leading to an 1894 newspaper headline throughout the country referring to them as ‘Ambitious Gisborne Women’.

The exhibition will profile some of these (mainly unknown) women and the women’s groups they belonged to. Items from the museum’s collection on display include a bible belonging to Gisborne political activist and community leader Margaret Home Sievwright.
- Jean Johnston, Curator