General Biographical Accounts of Muriel Matters Life:
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Useful Resources on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain
Atkinson, Diane, Women in History: Votes For WomenCambridge: 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.
Useful Resources on the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Australia
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,
Teaching Resources
DVD Worksheet for Students These free downloadable worksheets are designed for students in their middle or senior years to accompany the Muriel Matters! documentary. The worksheet can be used as a standalone lesson or form a part of a larger unit of study. Middle Years (Years 7 to 9):
For Teachers – Information Sheet
For Students – DVD Worksheet (Middle Years) Senior Years (Years 10 to 12):
For Teachers – Information Sheet
For Students – DVD Worksheet (Senior Years)
South Australian Suffragettes e-Resource
An excellent free e-resource provided by the Parliament of South Australia for teachers and students looking to find out more about the history of suffrage. It offers some historical background on the women’s movement 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: Extending the Franchise to South Australian Women – Primary Documents for Teachers and Students In 1894 the Parliament of South Australia passed a bill that granted women in the colony the dual right to stand and vote at parliamentary elections. Though women were able to vote in New Zealand elections as early as 1893, the right for women to stand at an election was a world first. Below are some key primary source documents to help get a sense of the suffrage debate in South Australia. Document 1: Mary Lee, ‘Letter to Women’, The South Australian Register, 14 April 1890, p.5. Mary Lee (1821-1909) was a prominent member of an influential set of South Australian suffrage campaigners. Known for her passion, humour, and intelligence while advocating for the cause, her ‘Letter to Women’ is an example of why she thought women should get the vote. Document 2: The Alphabetical Index to the Women’s Suffrage Petition of 1894 This ‘monster’ petition was signed by 11,600 South Australians who wanted women to be granted the franchise on the same terms as it was then granted to men. George Hawker MP, presented it to the Parliament in August 1894 on behalf of the women’s movement in the colony. Document 3: Constitutional Amendment Act 1894 This Act granted women the right to vote and stand at South Australian elections. It was passed both Houses of Parliament in December 1894 while Charles Kingston was Premier of the colony.

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