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"Votes for women" more in the air than ever
Title : "Votes for women" more in the air than ever "Votes for women" more in the air than ever
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Creator : Illustrations Bureau
Source : Illustrated London news, 20 February 1909, p. 260
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : William Little for The Illustrated London News & and Sketch Ltd
Date of creation : 1909
Format : Newspaper
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Photograph of an airship with a banner declaring 'VOTES FOR WOMEN' along its side being used by South Australian born suffragist, Muriel Matters, to distribute handbills, calling for womens suffrage, over London during the opening of Parliament in February 1909.

Born in Bowden, South Australia, on 12 November 1877, Muriel had previously been arrested in 1908 for chaining herself to the grille in the Ladies gallery in the House of Commons for which she was sentenced to a month in Holloway Prison.
In 1910 she returned to Australia for a lecture tour about her experiences, travelling to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.
Muriel died in Hastings, England, on 17 November 1969.
The centenary of the Grille Incident was marked in South Australia by a statement to Parliament by the Premier, Mike Rann.
Related names :

Muriel Matters

Coverage year : 1909
Place : England
Internet links :
Australian Dictionary of Biography - Muriel Lilah Matters
Muriel Matters: former Suffragette who wanted to be Hastings' MP
Sister suffragists : Australian women activists in England



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