Catherine Helen Spence Comes to Life!

Watch a clip of Catherine Helen Spence come back to life! Spence is, without doubt, one of South Australia’s most famous women – even making it onto the five dollar note at one point. Born in Scotland in 1825 she is most remembered for her tireless advocacy in favour of granting suffrage to South Australian women. Moreover, in 1897 she became Australia’s first ever female political candidate. Above Spence is played by the talented Scottish born, Adelaide-based actor, Maggie Wood.

As part of the 2018 Adelaide Fringe, The Muriel Matters Society Inc. was involved in initiating the very successful ‘A Soapbox for Democracy’. It was produced by the wonderful Joanne Hartstone, in association with the Centre of Democracy. Thanks to Peter Tee and his team for filming the session! Stay posted for more clips in the coming weeks of different figures…

If you want to know more about Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) her entry in the Australian Dictionary of Biography is a good place to start.

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