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Making the Invisible Visible: 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition


Thu 5 Apr 2018, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Joan McCracken

Do you have a family member who signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition and would you like to share their story? At this presentation and workshop learn how to contribute their biography to the suffrage petition database, the He Tohu exhibition, and tell their digital story on DigitalNZ.

Alongside the He Tohu exhibition, Archives New Zealand and Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage have been writing and collecting the biographies of the 25,519 women (and some men) who signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. These biographies are being uploaded to NZHistory’s suffrage petition database and made available to visitors to He Tohu.

There are many more biographies to write and we need your help! Bring your own device to start your own digital biography on the day.

Join He Tohu Lead Curator, Stefanie Lash from Archives New Zealand for an introduction to the suffrage petition biographies project and a demonstration on how to research, write, and submit your ancestor’s biography. Stefanie Lash of Archives New Zealand was the He Tohu Lead Curator and wrote many of the biographies in the exhibition.

This will be followed by a presentation by Thomasin Sleigh from the National Library on how to use DigitalNZ’s new ‘stories’ tool to tell the stories of the women who signed the suffrage petition, and a discussion of why and how women’s stories fall through the gaps of history.

Thomasin Sleigh is DigitalNZ’s Community Manager. She promotes access to Aotearoa’s cultural heritage online and works with the excellent people who use DigitalNZ.

This talk is followed by a tour of He Tohu from 1 - 1:40pm.

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