General Biographical Accounts of Muriel Matters Life:
- The Australian Dictionary of Biography online:
- The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online:
- The Wikipedia entry on her life:
- David Brooks, ‘Muriel Matters: South Australian Suffragist,1877-1969’, South Australian Parliament Research Library, research paper # 4784, July 2008. (Available through The Society)
- Steven Anderson, ‘The Born Agitator: A Study Into the Life of Muriel Matters’, unpublished research paper, The University of Adelaide, 2009. (Available through The Society).
Information from the above resources can only be used with prior written consent of The Muriel Matters Society and appropriate attribution.
Hear Muriel’s Voice!
This is the only known voice recording of Muriel Matters. Recorded in 1939, it is a portion of a speech she gave to BBC Radio. Containing a detailed description of her journey in the ‘Votes For Women’ airship, she briefly mentions public speaking, the Grille Incident and her commitment to the cause of women.
Many thanks to the BBC Online Archive for providing the Society with the audio – click here for a link to the recording.
For images of Muriel Matters don’t forget to visit the Gallery!
Useful Resources on the Women’s Suffrage Movement
- ‘South Australian Suffragettes’ is an excellent free e-resource provided by the Parliament of South Australia for teachers and students looking to find out more about the topic. It offers some historical background on the suffragettes in South Australia, questions to further student discussion, and interactive resources for students to use in class. Muriel’s story is frequently mentioned to highlight how women had to fight to gain the right to vote and how the South Australian story connects with people and places elsewhere. Follow this link to view the site: http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/education/Pages/Welcome.aspx
- Atkinson, Diane, Women in History: Votes For Women, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
- Crawford, Elizabeth, The Women’s Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide, 1866-1928, New York: Routledge, 2001.
- Strachey, Ray, The Cause: A Short History of the Women’s Movement in Britain, London: Virago, 1928.
- Scott, Myra, ‘How Australia Led the Way: Dora Meeson Coates and British Suffrage, a report prepared for the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women’, Canberra, 2003, https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/publications-articles/general/how-australia-led-the-way-dora-meeson-coates-and-british-suffrage