Women's suffrage petitions in Queensland, Australia

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There were three mass women's suffrage petitions to the Parliament[1] in the colony of Queensland (now the state of Queensland after the federation of Australia).

  • 1894 Women's Suffrage Petition with 7781 signatures by women
  • 1894 Women's Suffrage Petition with 3575 signatures by men
  • 1897 Women's Suffrage Petition with 3869 signatures by men and women

The first two petitions were collected by the Women's Equal Franchise Association which was formed in 1894; soon after the women of New Zealand successfully submitted a mass petition and won the vote. The petition called for one vote and one vote only, as at that time men with property had plural votes.[2]

The 1897 Women's Suffrage Petition was organized by the Women's Christian Temperance Movement of Queensland. It called for votes for women on the same grounds as men.[3]

White women in Queensland could vote on the federal level before they could vote at the state level in 1905. For the centenary of the women's vote in 2005, these petitions could not be found. In 2009, however, historian John McCulloch located them, and they have been copied and are being transcribed by the Queensland Family History Society.

It was not until 1965 that all women voted in Queensland. The Elections Act Amendment Act was passed to allow Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders the right to vote.

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  1. ^ Oldfield, Audrey, Woman Suffrage in Australia: A Gift or a Struggle? Cambridge University Press, 1992, pp. 116, 119, 121.
  2. ^ Centenary of Women's Suffrage 2005; D. Jordan 'Leading the Call for 'One Vote and No More': Emma Miller (1839-1917)' in Rosemary Francis, Patricia Grimshaw, Ann Standish (eds) "Seizing the Initiative"
  3. ^ McCulloch, John E. S, "From suffragists to legislators", Central Queensland University Press, 2005.