Talking HISTORY: Cycles & Knickerbockers, Margaret Lovell-Smith investigates early Christchurch’s Dress Reform Debate

About this event

‘Votes for Women’ was not the only issue being discussed by Canterbury’s feminists of the 1890s. Should women cycle and if so what should they wear, were also topics of debate. Some women were brave enough to abandon their corsets and even wear knickerbocker costumes as they enjoyed the freedom that cycling and this new style of dress gave them.

Margaret Lovell-Smith is a local historian with a particular interest in the nineteenth century women’s movement. She is a descendant of Jennie and Will Lovell-Smith who were colleagues and friends of Kate Sheppard.

Tickets: $5 per person

Door sales may be available if not sold out prior.

When and where

Date and time

Sat, October 29, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM NZDT


Kate Sheppard House 83 Clyde Road Christchurch, Canterbury 8041

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