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Suffrage Day 19 September Margaret Sievwright Memorial

  1. Steph Butler, Wellington says:

    Thank you Gisborne Herald and Tairawhiti Museum for the information on Margaret Sievwright.
    It was pleasing to see Gisborne and Wairoa people participate in making cloth panel/s, honouring ordinary people who signed Kate Sheppard’s Suffrage Petition, in 1892 – 1893. The panels were part of a collection of 546 made by Kiwi citizens, both in NZ and overseas, and co-ordinated by Vinnies Re Sew (St Vincent de Paul) and the Wellington Museum. The 1st Suffrage Exhibition opened in August 2019 at the Wellington Museum and over the month we had over 25,000 visitors.
    In December 2019, the Wellington Museum re-hung the panels and upgraded the area, with more information, and provided more screens etc where people could access the Original Petition at the National Library, check their own family heritage and see if any relatives had signed.
    I found a great aunt Alice Galloway and her sister-in-law Elizabeth Galloway who had signed the Suffrage Petition in Woodville, in 1893. There are 29 signatures on the same page (No.500) all from the Woodville area.
    The 2nd Suffrage Exhibition closed at the end of March because of Covid-19.