Members of the Muriel Matters Society Inc. will be saddened to hear of the recent passing of the prominent South Australian historian, Dr Helen Jones AM. Helen was well known around Australia for her research on South Australian women, and particularly on the history of the suffrage movement in this state. Frances Bedford MP,… Continue reading The Passing of Dr Helen Jones AM
Members of the Muriel Matters Society Inc. in Queensland will be pleased to know that “Dames & Daredevils for Democracy” – a play that brings Muriel Matters – and nine other vibrant, determined and forward thinking women – to life in a crucial period of Australian history. Originally written by a wonderful social historian and… Continue reading ‘Dames and Daredevils for Democracy’
Some recent news from Frances Bedford MP JP (Secretary of The Muriel Matters Society Inc.) while in Mount Gambier… It was wonderful today to meet the women of the Mt Gambier branch of Soroptimist at Generations in Jazz. President Pat (on the right) has been every year and boasts a 40 year membership of this… Continue reading Soroptimist Branch at Generations in Jazz!
This is a quick update for members who may find the following talk of interest (Muriel herself was a life-long pacifist). The South Australian Branch of the Medical Association for Prevention of War is holding a talk on Friday, 25 May at 7.15pm in the Adelaide CBD. The topic of the talk is ‘The Nuclear… Continue reading Medical Association for Prevention of War – Upcoming Talk
It has recently come to light that Muriel Matters’ involvement in the Grille Protest was dramatized in the ‘Royal Cavalcade’ – a British black and white film from 1935. The drama is a pastiche of notable events from the previous twenty-five years that was commissioned to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Actual newsreel footage appears… Continue reading The Grille Incident Depicted in the 1935 British Film ‘Royal Cavalcade’
For those who were present at the filming of ‘A Suffrage Trilogy’ you would have heard from Dawn Giddings from the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of South Australia (WCTU) about an event they are organizing for the History Festival. They will have a display relating to women reformers who were prominent in South Australian politics… Continue reading WCTU History Festival Event
Thanks to everyone who came out as ‘extras’ for the filming of the suffrage stars of ‘A Soapbox for Democracy’ on Sunday (25/3)! We had a wonderful turnout of interested people at the Hetzel Room in the Institute Building on North Terrace. Members and non-members alike were present while living decendents of Elizabeth Webb Nicholls… Continue reading The Suffrage Trilogy – An Update