It has been a busy time for the Muriel Matters Society Inc. with a number of different events running in November all tied into the 125 celebrations for female suffrage in South Australia. For those who couldn’t make it here are some pictures and a recap to keep you up to date…
1. MMS 10th Anniversary – WCTU Tea Rooms (10/11/19)
Members and friends of the MMS gathered for high tea at the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union Tea Rooms on Sir Donald Bradman Drive to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Society. We are grateful for the hardworking WCTU helpers – Dawn Giddings, Karen Edwards and her daughter Naomi – who welcomed us on the day. Frances and Dawn gave wonderful talks that showed just how influential the WCTU were in fighting for the vote in 1890s South Australia. Elizabeth Webb Nicholls, for example, was a prominent suffragist who was a founding member of the organisation in the colony. The WCTU tea rooms are open Monday, Wednesday, Fridays from 9.30am – 2.30pm if you would like to stop for tea or to look at their historical displays. Call (08) 8354 4442 to book ahead!
2. Documentary Screening and Public Talk – Marion Cultural Centre (16/11)
The Marion Cultural Centre hosted a suffrage-related event on a Saturday afternoon for members of the public. Mayor Kris Hanna opened the session and Frances Bedford MP, Secretary of The Society, gave a talk about the fight for suffrage in South Australia. It was followed by a screening of the Muriel Matters! Documentary which was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Elizabeth Sykora, Cultural Development Officer at the City of Marion, and her team for making the day run smoothly. Frances and Steven answered questions and ran a very successful merchandise stall following the presentation.
3. 50 Years Since Muriel’s Death – Commemoration at Muriel’s Mural, Dawkins Place (19/11)
Muriel passed away in Hastings aged 92 on 17 November 1969 after a long and fulfilling life. The Muriel Matters Society Inc. held an event at Muriel’s Mural in the Adelaide CBD to mark 50 years since her death with drinks and nibbles. A floral tribute created by Tony and Marks Newton, featuring Australian natives in suffrage colours was laid, followed by a minutes silence reflecting on Muriel’s activism and contribution. This was followed by a toast to her continuing legacy.