1891 Women's Suffrage Petition

This is a "work in progress" and although care has been taken to include accurate information, some data may be incorrect or missing.  If you can add information about the signatories in Portland, please contact Beryl O'Gorman

The Petition In an extraordinary effort to gain the right to vote for all Victorian women, a handful of dedicated women took to the streets in 1891 to collect signatures for a petition to present to the Parliament of Victoria. The result was an impressive collection of close to 30,000 signatures from women from all walks of life.  See further details.
CAN YOU HELP? If you have information on an individual on the list of women, I would welcome your contribution to this project.  Basic information being collection which can be sent in an email:
  • Maiden name
  • Father's name
  • Mother's name
  • Husband's name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Comments - anything about this person or their life
The database Corrections, additions and details are being recorded in a database which will be continually updated with the data being researched or provided by people submitting their ancestors' details.  Over the next few weeks the database is also being updated with text being moved to specific fields.  Periodically the output will be updated on the web for "The Women" below.
The Women Updated: 16th October 2009

Surnames A - Z

Abbreviations and Sources used Abbreviations used are shown in [square brackets]
  • [AVRI] Australian Vital Records Index 1788-1905
  • [PBR] Book of Remembrance of the Pioneer Women of the Portland Bay District - 1934
  • Church of England Baptism Records 1854-1894
  • [DI] Death Index Victoria 1921-1985
  • [EI] Edwardian Index - Victorian BDMs 1902-1913
  • [ER 03] Electoral Roll for 1903
  • [FI] Federation Index - Victorian BDMs 1889-1901
  • [GWI] Great War Index - Victorian BDMs 1914-1920
  • Methodist Church Baptisms - Jenny Armstrong
  • [MI] / [PSCR] Cemetery Register & Monumental Inscriptions for Portland South Cemetery
  • [PNCR] Cemetery Register for Portland North Cemetery
  • Portland Guardian extracts 1860-69, 1870-79
  • Presbyterian Baptisms Portland
Other Victorian sites Other Victorian sites identifying the signatories of the 1891 Women's Suffrage Petition:


2009 Beryl O'Gorman, Greensborough, Victoria, Australia
Last revised : July 13, 2014.
Email : Beryl O'Gorman