National Library talk (Wellington, 19 September) – The Women’s Suffrage Petition – writing biographies.

Tuesday 19th September 2017

12.10pm – 1.00pm, Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library of New Zealand.


We have a very special Suffrage Day event.  For our September Family History Monthly Talk we are holding a special talk and workshop.

On Tuesday 19 September 1893 the Governor, David Boyle, 7th Earl of Glasgow, signed into law the Electoral Act that gave all women in New Zealand the right to vote. Now, 124 years later, we have the opportunity to get to know better those who signed the petition to extend franchise to women in New Zealand age of 21 and over.

Over 800 biographies of the women and men who signed the 1893 women’s suffrage petition have been collected and included in the He Tohu exhibition, but we still have over 24,000to go!

This includes a brief overview of the research project to date and ways to get involved, followed by a discussion about the threads that join us to our past.


Kate Potter is the Learning Specialist at National Library. She was a member of the He Tohu exhibition content team and developed the learning resources and programmes that support the exhibition.