A petition for all women

This petition, number 38 of 1894, with 11,600 signatures was presented to the parliament by the then member for North Adelaide, the Hon. George Hawker, in August 1894, requesting that women in South Australia be granted the right to vote.

The Constitutional Amendment Act 1894 finally gave women in the colony the rights to vote, and to stand for parliament. South Australia was the first colony in Australia to grant women the right to vote.

On loan from the House of Assembly, Parliament of South Australia

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