Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day on Wednesday

Kate Sheppard MemorialWednesday 19 September 2012 is Suffrage / White Camellia Day.

You can see the names of those who signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition.

Join Women on Air for their celebration of Suffrage Day – and 20 years of broadcasting! -Wednesday at 7.30pm Middleton Grange. It will feature actress Helen Moran as Kate Sheppard and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson will read the maiden speech of Elizabeth McCombs, New Zealand’s first female MP. Michele A’Court will read a piece called “A letter to my daughter”.

Explore more about New Zealand suffrage and the awesome women of Aotearoa. Digital NZ has a neat set of images Cartooning the women’s vote. Why not watch NZ on screen
The Nineties
Bread & Roses

Search our catalogue for women’s suffrage and women’s rights in New Zealand.

Public notice for a meeting on the present and outlook of woman’s suffrage to be held at the Oddfellows Hall, Lichfield Street, Christchurch [20 Oct. 1892]

Christchurch – this week in history (17 – 23 September)

19 September 1865
South Island Separation Bill defeated in Parliament by 31 votes to 17.  Find out more in Papers Past, including report on the Separation Debate, Daily Southern Cross, 21 September 1865.

19 September 1904
Naxos searchConcert by pianist Jan Paderewski. He later became Prime Minister of Poland. Read Bernice’s blog post on President Paderewski.

20 September 1916
Canterbury Aviation Company founded by Henry (later Sir Henry) Wigram. Read The First hundred pilots – a brief history by Henry Wigram recounting its beginnings.

21 September 1867
Trout introduced from Tasmania. The ova were reared in special covered ponds built in Hagley Park next to the hospital. Salmon were introduced a year later.

23 September 1914
First Canterbury contingent sails on Tahiti and Athenic from Lyttelton for the war in Europe.

23 September 1977
First Vietnamese refugees arrive in City.

More September events in our Christchurch chronology.