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125th Anniversary of Women Suffrage & Women in Agriculture and Business' (WAB) State Gathering Women in Agriculture and Business

19 August 2019

Their Triumph, Our Motivation. Join WAB for their State Gathering and an event to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of women's suffrage in SA.  This event is open to the public as well as WAB Member

Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, 145 Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf (Upper Northern Room)

Cost : $40 (including morning tea and lunch)

More information:

Unley Women of Influence: Past and Present City of Unley

21 August 2019

A thought provoking discussion about how the plight of women in Unley has changed over time. MC Amanda Blair will guide a panel of inspirational speakers to discuss Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present and look to the future for generations ahead.

Panellists include Dr Niki Vincent, Equal Opportunity Commissioner for South Australia, local philanthropist Claire Lennon, and Isobel and Eloise from Taboo.

FREE EVENT Bookings essential

'Sister if You Only Knew' film screening Gladys Elphick Awards Committee

30 August 2019

The Gladys Elphick Awards Committee are holding a special screening of 'Sister If You Only Knew’. This film features four prominent Aboriginal Women (Gladys Elphick, Leila Rankine, Ruby Hammond and Mary Williams) and explores the pressures of life experienced by Aboriginal women living in Adelaide

▪️The Committee advises that this film contains the images of Aboriginal women who have passed away. It may also trigger some adverse memories for some guests▪️

This is a FREE event but bookings are essential. Use the code WOMEN to register here

SASuffrage125 Exhibition Royal Adelaide Show Office for Women, Royal Agricultural Society, Centre of Democracy, History Trust of SA

30 August 2019 to 8 September 2019

On the morning of 18 December 1894, the South Australian Parliament passed a momentous piece of legislation. South Australian women became the first women in Australia, and among the first in the world, to win the right to vote and the right to stand for Parliament. Women, and men, fought for the vote for women not as an end in itself, but in order to change the world around them. Beginning with the 1894 milestone, this exhibition explores the history of the struggle for women’s rights in South Australia and asks us to consider the question: how much has changed?

You can also make your own FREE campaign badge


Strenuous work: the campaign for women's suffrage State Library of South Australia

13 September 2019

After years of strenuous work and campaigning, in 1894 South Australia became one of the first places in the world to grant the vote to women. In this program we explore the voices of those who fought long and hard for a say in how women's lives were run. This program concludes with an optional tour of the Centre of Democracy.

FREE EVENT Bookings essential

Denise George: A Special Presentation City of Unley

19 September 2019

Join MC Councillor Jane Russo in conversation with Denise George, author of Mary Lee. In 1894, South Australian women won the rights to vote and be elected members of parliament, thanks in no small part to Mary Lee’s contribution to history. Denise will discuss the compelling story of how this ‘turbulent anarchist’ took on the establishment and won.

Cost $5, includes wine and light refreshments.

BOOK ONLINE or phone 8372 5100.

A Cross Cultural Exploration of Women's Rights Through Time to Commemorate 125 years of Women's Suffrage in SA Muslim Women's Association of SA

28 September 2016

Guest speakers include Mandy Paul (History Trust of SA) and Dr Nada Ibrahim (Centre for Islamic Thought and Education)

For more information call 8212 0800 or email


"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


Zonta International Centenary Celebrations

9 November 2019

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.


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.



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

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!

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