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 Williamstown, Newport or Spotswood, please contact Ada Ackerly.

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 collected 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.  Periodically the output will be updated on the web for "The Women" below.
The Women Updated: 22 February 2008

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Other Victorian sites Other Victorian sites identifying the signatories of the 1891 Women's Suffrage Petition:


2008 Ada Ackerly, Williamstown, Victoria, Australia
Last revised : July 13, 2014.
Email : aackers@alphalink.com.au