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125 Years of Women's Suffrage Display  Tea Tree Gully Library

4 to 21 December 2019  (9am to 5pm)

Learn more about how South Australia led the way for Australia and the world in granting women the right to vote in this special display at Tea Tree Gully Library.


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 125 years on Tea Tree Gully Library

11 December 2019 (7pm to 9pm)

Join this lively discussion reflecting on the achievement of women's suffrage in South Australia and the experience of women in government in Australia. Speakers include:

- Senator Marielle Smith - Senator for South Australia
- The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, - Minister for Human Services
- Cr Sandy Keane - City of Tea Tree Gully Councillor

Light refreshments will be served afterwards

FREE event

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

Some activities for children will be available

For more information contact:
Helen Fischer 0413 348 445
Saru Rana 0411 0194 979

Up and Doing! A re-enactment of the passage of the 1894 Adult Suffrage Bill SA Parliament

18 December 2019

Follow the Adult Suffrage Bill through the Legislative Council and House of Assembly and hear how a parliament of men gave the vote to women.

Featuring current members of Parliament, Parliament staff and Dr Niki Vincent, the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity.

Streaming live from the Parliament of South Australia 

Yoga In Park: 125th Celebration of Women's Suffrage Belair National Park

18 December 2019

Join the National Parks and Wildlife Service in commemorating this momentous occasion with a session of Yoga in Park in Belair National Park - Karka Pavilion. Come and experience a connection with the environment while relaxing with yoga to celebrate and reflect on this special landmark event. An experienced Yoga instructor will run the session.

Please bring along your yoga mat or a towel for the session. Children attending the session must attend with a supervising parent or guardian.

Please wear something in purple or golden yellow colours which are the key theme colours for the celebration

For further information about this event please contact Coral Marsden on 8550 3400 or via email at

History Presentation and Documentary on Women's Voting Campbelltown City Council

Wednesday 18 Dec 2019, 12.30pm to 2pm - Campbelltown Library, 171 Montacute Road, Newton

The Campbelltown public library will be hosting a presentation about women's suffrage in South Australia followed by a special viewing of a documentary which tells the fascinating story of how Australian women became the first in the world to gain full political rights.

Light refreshments will be served.

Free event, but bookings essential through Eventbrite or at the Library desk 8366 9299

Enquiries to Robert 8366 9333 or

125 Years of Women's Suffrage Morning Tea Tea Tree Gully Library

18 December 2019 (11am)

Celebrate this phenomenal achievement for women at a special morning tea, featuring cupcakes decorated in purple and yellow suffrage colours. Guest speaker for the event is Australian Gold Medal Paralympian Katrina Webb.


All Year

Teatotallers Tea Rooms: Scones, Jam and a Dollop of History Women's Christian Temperance Union

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm throughout 2019 - WCTU Office, 255 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla

The Christian Temperance Union is one of the oldest women’s organisations in the world. Formed in South Australia in 1886, the women were extremely influential, and Suffragists in the Suffrage movement. They were also behind many other major SA reforms; education, health, nutrition, social justice, homemaking.

Visit the WCTU office and the Women’s Suffrage display featuring original letters from Suffragists and Politicians.

Devonshire tea and other refreshments will be available to purchase.

For large groups please call to make a booking (08) 8354 4442 or 0402 220 014

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. Have a look at The Advertiser '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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