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Discovering democracy: democracy timeline

Use a timeline to find information about significant events and ideas in the development and evolution of democracy in the world, focusing on Australia. Nominate specific years or scroll from the latest date back to 0 (where events dated BC are listed).

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: the women's story

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the ways in which women campaigned for the right to vote in Australia. Investigate the library to find out more about the issues which women saw as significant in this campaign. Identify the women who were at the forefront of this campaign and how they conducted it. ...


Women's suffrage in Australia

This collection of 20 digital curriculum resources is about the struggle of women to achieve the vote in Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It includes interactive learning objects and images about the women involved in suffrage in South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Cartoons ...

Teacher resource

Nation, race and citizenship - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea includes an inquiry-based unit about Federation designed to be interesting and comprehensive – the teacher wanted to avoid the 'drier' approach that she had taken in the past. It includes interactive learning objects, film clips, photographs, posters, cartoons, maps and documents.

Teacher resource

The development of Australian nationhood - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea is designed to be interesting and comprehensive – the teacher wanted to avoid the 'drier' approach that she had taken in the past. It includes interactive learning objects, film clips, photographs, posters, cartoons, maps and documents examining Australia’s road to nationhood. It includes a unit of work ...


New Zealand woman's suffrage petition, 1893

This is the first sheet of a signed petition organised by the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and presented to the New Zealand House of Representatives on 28 July 1893. The document requests that the speaker and members of the House pass legislation giving adult women the right to vote. The signatures of 30 women ...


Portrait of Kate Sheppard

This is a black-and-white photographic portrait of suffragist and writer Kate Sheppard (1847-1934), leader of the influential Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in New Zealand. Sheppard is photographed against a dark background and is shown from the waist upwards positioned front-on to the camera.


'New Zealand takes its medicine', 1893

This cartoon, published in the New Zealand Observer most likely in December 1893, features a woman feeding a boy medicine from a bottle labeled 'Women's Vote'. The boy wears a collar that reads 'Young New Zealand'. A pastor is standing behind watching with an approving smile. The caption at the bottom of the cartoon reads: ...


Anna Stout, New Zealand National Council of Women leader

This is a black and white photograph of New Zealand suffragist and feminist Anna Stout (1858-1931), the first vice-president of the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ), who campaigned for women's voting rights in the late 1890s.


Mary Ann Muller, suffragist

This is a black-and-white photograph of feminist and writer Mary Ann Muller (1819/20-1901), who was an influential figure in the early women's rights and suffragist movements in New Zealand.


Women's suffrage in New Zealand

This collection of eight digital curriculum resources focuses on women's suffrage in New Zealand in the period when the self-governing British colony became the first to grant adult women the right to vote. The collection looks at significant women who campaigned for women's suffrage; satirical cartoons from contemporary ...


Petition for enfranchising South Australian women, 1894

This is a fragment of a signed petition, organised by the South Australian Women's Suffrage League in 1894, asking the Speaker and House of Assembly in South Australia to grant women equal voting rights with men. The document respectfully requests that legislation be passed to allow the enfranchisement of adult women. The ...


Suffragette pioneer Mary Lee, c1895

This is a black-and-white photographic portrait of Mary Lee (1821-1909), taken in about 1895. It shows Lee in her early seventies, around the time of the end of her service as secretary of the Women's Suffrage League in South Australia. She is dressed formally in a high-collared black shirt or dress, and a black hat. Text ...


Female suffrage Act, South Australia, 1894

This is the first page of a Bill for the enactment of an amendment to the Constitution and Electoral Acts of South Australia to allow women to hold equal voting rights with men. The 1894 Bill grants women the right to vote in elections for both the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly. A handwritten notation on ...


'Enfranchised!' cartoon, 1902

This is a 33.5 cm x 51.5 cm ink-drawn cartoon entitled 'Enfranchised!' by Herbert Walter E Cotton. It shows a woman in an evening gown who has just entered a room. In her upraised hand, she holds a document bearing the word 'franchise'. A group of men in evening dress, identifiable as federal politicians, have risen from ...


Cartoon about women's suffrage, 1900

This black-and-white cartoon from the 17 November 1900 edition of the Queensland federated unions' newspaper The Worker features a caricature of an older woman leaning over a desk, harassing a cowering man seated on the other side. Demanding her promised vote and wielding an umbrella, the woman probably represents Emma ...


Suffragette cartoon based in a butcher shop, 1900

This cartoon, captioned 'MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB', features the Queensland premier Robert Philp (1851-1922) as a butcher of the 'Democratic Butchering Co'. As he sharpens his knife a small girl approaches bearing the initials WEFA (Women's Equal Franchise Association) on her coat. She leads a lamb with 'A VOTE FOR WOMEN' ...


Portrait of political activist Emma Miller, c1910s

This posed black-and-white portrait photograph of Emma Miller, probably taken in Queensland in the 1910s, shows a thin and elderly woman, fashionably dressed for the time, sitting on a chair in a studio. She is staring straight at the camera with a resolute look on her face. Her dark clothing includes a richly embroidered ...


Suffragist publication cover, 1900

This black-and-white cartoon cover of the second issue of The Australian Woman’s Sphere, published in October 1900, was part of the campaign for the right of women to vote. It portrays a young woman as scholarly and attractive but without the right to vote, contrasted with eight men presented as unworthy of the vote they ...


Cartoons of the Moment - The Kaiser War, c1918

This black-and-white clip shows three animated Australian political cartoons created during the First World War. Cut-out animation with captions satirise Kaiser Wilhelm's failure to take responsibility for the war dead represented by piles of skulls and crosses. The second sequence 'Look out Billy' shows the comical figure ...