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Defining Moments: Women’s suffrage

In 1894, South Australia became the first electorate in the world to give equal political rights to both men and women. See this defining moment in Australia’s history brought to life, as written by historian David Hunt.


1. What was Queen Victoria’s attitude to women’s rights, including the right to vote?

2. South Australia is described as the most progressive colony in nineteenth century Australia. What evidence does the video provide to support this claim?

3. What role did Mary Lee play in securing the vote for women in South Australia, and when was this milestone finally achieved?