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1893 Women's Suffrage Petition

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The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition was the second of two mass petitions to the New Zealand Government in support of the concept of women's suffrage. The 1893 petition was substantially larger than the 1891 petition and resulted in the Electoral Act of 1893 which gave women the right to vote in the 1893 general election. Politicians John Hall, Alfred Saunders, and Premier, John Ballance were all in favour of women's suffrage, but the effect was largely led by the New Zealand branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union led by Kate Sheppard from 1887.

The physical petition has been on the UNESCO Memory of the World register since 1997. It is held at ArchivesNZ.

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1893 Women's Suffrage Petition Wikipedia


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