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Spence Club Gala Dinner Spence Club Inc

4 October 2019
7pm - 11pm
National Wine Centre

Featuring special guest speaker, historian and reproductive rights expert Associate Professor Catherine Kevin. The starts at 7pm with canapes and bubbles, followed by main, dessert and beverages.

Cost $100

Tickets through Eventbrite

"125 Years toward getting even" Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Region Conference

8 and 9 October 2019

This conference  is for women parliamentarians from all parties and aims to unite women who stand to represent their communities.  Currently, in Australia, nationally women make up only 37 percent of parliamentary representatives. In 125 years this is an improvement from having no women representative but, in some jurisdictions, falls far short of women’s representation as 50% of society.  We are celebrating the gains that have been made and also considering how women can finally achieve parity at 50 percent of seats at the decision making tables in this country.

The event will include a speech competition and networking evening for aspiring young women politicians on Tuesday 8 October held at the South Australian Parliament.

Enquiries to

Voting for Wellbeing SA Mental Health Commission and the Centre of Democracy

9 October 2019

This panel of strong South Australian women will discuss women’s experience of the relationship between wellbeing and democracy in South Australia – then and now.

Panelists will explore what wellbeing and democratic participation mean to them, how women are and have been perceived in society and the workplace in relation to their mental health, and what lessons we can learn from history. All welcome.This is a free event as part of Mental Health Week 2019.

FREE event but bookings essential

125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage: Celebrating the Spirit of Women Pooraka Farm Community Centre

16 October to 13 November 2019

4 workshops including guest speaker running through October and November. Topics covered include women's standing for election, the importance of voting, knowing how to pick the best candidate and an overview of the suffrage movement.

Followed by a 4 course High Tea on Wednesday the 13th November from 11am-1pm

Guest speakers include: Gillian Aldridge, Mayor for the City of Salisbury; Frances Bedford, MP for Florey, Krista Reynolds, Coordinator for the Australian Military Wives Choir and Tabitha Leans, Bachelor of Education (Hons) Masters Student

FREE event but bookings essential

Hold Fast: A Celebration of Women's Suffrage in South Australia City of Holdfast Bay

18 October 2019

Come celebrate 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia and the achievements of women from the City of Holdfast Bay down at the Old Gum Tree Reserve.

This interactive event has a focus on the importance of key women in South Australia’s history including suffragist Mary Lee. This event also explores the influence of women in the City of Holdfast Bay from Susan Grace Benny as the first female elected to local government in Australia to the women who impact upon our community today.


Purple and Gold - A Musical Celebration of Women's Suffrage in South Australia Fleurieu Folk Festival

26 October 2019

Fleurieu Folk Festival has brought together seven women recognised for their work as musicians, poets and songwriters to develop this special presentation in celebration of Suffrage 125.

Performed by Jane Bower, Melanie Dancer, Bron Lloyd, Adrienne Lovelock, Jen Lush, Adrienne Piggott and Caz Williams, Purple and Gold features new songs and poems written for the event along with extracts from reports, letters and speeches of the time.

More details available at

Five in Five Women in Media SA

29 October 2019

Women In Media SA invites you to be inspired by five amazing modern-day trailblazers who also refused to take no for an answer and found success. MC: Kate Freebairn Speakers: Gail Fuller, Sandy Verschoor, Katie Spain,Dorinda Hafner, Corrina Wright

Tickets $30 or $25 student/concession


125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Luncheon Law Society of SA

Panel members include Judge Mary-Louise Hribal, Justice Judith Hughes, Marie Shaw QC

Bookings essential (cost involved)


Zonta International Centenary Celebrations

9 November 2019

Community organisation Zonta International invite you to join other SA Zontians in celebrating 100 years of Zonta International at a gala event featuring food and entertainment. The evening will be hosted by the ABC's Jessica Harmsen, with a raffle, prizes and live music.

Tickets: $85 - click here to purchase tickets to the Zonta International centenary celebration

Tickets must be purchased by Friday 25 October 2019.

Celebrating the legacy of Catherine Helen Spence Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender and the Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship Committee

13 November 2019

Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) was a significant South Australian woman - a noted social and political reformer and writer. Not long after she died in 1910, the SA government established a fund for a scholarship in her honour. Many notable South Australian women have received this scholarship over the last 110 years and have contributed to the betterment of social conditions in this state.

For the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in SA, the Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship Committee and Fay Gale Centre at the University of Adelaide are celebrating her legacy by exploring the lives and work of the scholarship recipients.

FREE event Booking essential

Unley for Equality Exhibition Unley Museum

Ongoing from 18 November 2019

In 1894, South Australia was the first electorate in Australia to give equal political rights to both women and men, a huge step toward gender equality.

In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in South Australia, this exhibition throws light on the people of Unley who signed the petition in support of the Adult Suffrage Bill, who were they, and why the bill may have been important to them.


Seeking today's suffragists - Pledge of Gratitude  City of Mitcham

20 November 2019 

During October and November we are inviting our community to help celebrate this momentous occasion by signing a Pledge of Gratitude to honour the Suffragists of old. They are seeking modern day Suffragists, leaders in the community, to take up the challenge and gather signatures for the pledge.

Throughout October, Council will make the petition available at all of Council facilities, the Civic Centre, our Libraries and Community Centres for interested parties to sign.

Copies of the petition are available to collect from the Civic Centre, and for download here if you are interested in collecting signatures to contribute to this celebration of the Suffragists.

A Mayoral Civic Reception will be held on the evening of 20 November 2019 to collate the pledges and honour those residents who have contributed to the cause. The pledge will then be presented to State Parliament in recognition of the 14th Parliament’s monumental contribution to the continuing campaign for gender equity.

Register your interest in attending the reception

Post it Now Open City of Unley

The “Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present” temporary art display on Goodwood Road will recognise and celebrate Unley Women of Influence. Images will be displayed on unique banner poles along Goodwood Road, from November 2019 - January 2020.


Hard won.... but not done YWCA

28 November 2019

Join YWCA in the iconic surrounds of Parliament House for their AGM, followed by a celebration event of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia.

What are the major achievements of women’s political participation over the years? How did young women play a role in the suffrage movement? What are the achievements and aspirations of young women today? How can we make voting and citizenship a more inclusive, diverse space for women, young women and girls? These are the questions we’ll be asking our inter-generational panel of inspiring women trailblazers at this dynamic youth-led event.

Join the YWCA in the iconic surrounds of Parliament House as they celebrate our past and present and envision our future. The event is kindly hosted by The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, and The Hon Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. The design of this event has been led by YWCA young women in South Australia.

FREE event Bookings essential



Foregrounding Irish Women: The Antipodes and Beyond 24th Australasian Irish Studies Conference Flinders University

9 to 12 December 2019

The Antipodes, the opposite, figuratively, geographically, metaphorically. The conference is interested in foregrounding the role of Irish women and men of the Antipodes and beyond: newly discovered stories and stories seen in a new light.

Register here for the Foregrounding Irish Women conference

Women's Suffrage Cultural Exchange - Shared experience through culture Soroptimist International Torrens

14 December 2019

10am to 4pm, Uniting Church Hall, 17 Smith Street, Walkerville

This event will focus on providing citizenship rights information to migrant women, asylum seekers and refugees who have recently settled in SA. The all day activities will be based around sampling a range of authentic middle eastern foods.

Women from a range of cultural backgrounds are invited to attend and participate in sharing their culture with other groups.  Activities will include African dancing, multicultural choir, art and craft demonstrations, storytelling and henna painting.

The event will include many women politicians, who will talk with the guests about accessing their rights, lobbying and advocacy and how Politicians can assist these migrants and refugees to access support.

We will also showcase some of our history in South Australia, with the Muriel Matters Society represented and a historian relating the story of Mary Lee, passing on some of our own cultural beginnings as women in this State.  It would be wonderful if you were able to come along to this free event.  You are welcome to forward the poster to contacts and networks who may benefit from participating.

Some activities for children will be available.

For more information contact:

Helen Fischer 0413 348 445
Saru Rana 0411 0194 979

All Year

Teatotallers Tea Rooms: Scones, Jam and a Dollop of History

Devonshire Tea
Enjoy 2 freshly baked scones served with jam, cream & your preferred tea selected from our lovely certified organic range. Coffee, mouth-watering biscuits & slices are also available.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union is one of the oldest women’s organisations in the world. Formed in South Australia in1886, the  women were extremely influential, and Suffragists in the Suffrage movement. They were also behind many other major S.A. reforms, education, health, nutrition, social justice, homemaking, Aboriginal & Pacific Islands work. We celebrate the 125th Centenary year of Women’s Suffrage in S.A. with our Women’s Suffrage display, open for viewing with original letters from Suffragists and Politicians.

We sell a large range of Patritti and Robinvale Bio Dynamic non-alcoholic sparkling grape juice drinks. Also available – a unique range of
stationery, organic teas and other products.

Open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30am – 2.30pm throughout 2019. For large groups please call to make a booking (08) 8354 4442 or 0402 220 014

Location: 255 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla SA 5033

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Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science South Australian Museum

16 November 2018 to 15 November 2019

Women have made significant contributions to science throughout history. Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science will celebrate four amazing women who are blazing their own trails and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. By sharing their stories, these role models inspire the next generation of young women to follow their dreams and careers in science and humanities.

FREE EVENT - No Booking required

Ceiling Smashers

The Advertiser has put together a series of pieces celebrating 125 women they call 'ceiling smashers' - women who broke down barriers in a range of fields. Click here to have a look at the 'ceiling smashers' series!

Memories of the Past, Visions of the Future Ayers House Museum

Visit Ayers House Museum and see a small display capturing a moment in the life of one of South Australia’s most well-known suffragists, Mary Lee. Featured in the display are garments and accessories from the National Trust collection representative of this momentous time in the state’s history.

This display is part of the regular museum admission:

Adult: $10; Concession: $8; National Trust members: FREE; Children (5-15): $5, Under 5 FREE; Family: $20

Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

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