All dolled up with some way to go; but where in the world has Dora the Suffrage Doll been this last century, and why is she so important?

© V.Irene.Cockroft, London, 22 April 2020 Such a desirable doll as Dora, the veteran Votes for Women campaigner preserved in a custom-made glass case, was bound to attract attention when she turned up at an Adelaide auction in March 2020.  When, against stiff competition, Dora was acquired by The Muriel Matters Society Inc., one could… Continue reading All dolled up with some way to go; but where in the world has Dora the Suffrage Doll been this last century, and why is she so important?

‘A Standard to Live By’: Violet Tillard and the Russian Famine

Leon Trotsky was considered, in 1922 at least, to be the second most powerful man in the Soviet Union when he chanced upon the name ‘Violet Tillard’ in the obituaries of a local newspaper. In a speech delivered in March 1922 he invoked Tillard’s ‘humanity and inner nobility’ at a time of profound suffering when… Continue reading ‘A Standard to Live By’: Violet Tillard and the Russian Famine