The recent pandemic has given many people interested in suffrage history pause to look back at the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1920 to see how it impacted upon the women’s movement. Even though some places in the world had granted women the right to vote by the time that pandemic hit – think of… Continue reading The Spanish Flu and the American Suffrage Movement
© 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?
The humble commemorative tea towel has had a resurgence in recent times. They make a lovely gift idea anytime of the year (Mother’s Day is coming up!) or for your shoebox of memorabilia… We have the 2020 tea towel in stock to celebrate 10 years since the theatrical performance of the play Why Muriel Matters!… Continue reading Muriel Tea Towels – A Reminder of Radical Activism!
How wonderful! Going through our collection we were reminded of this gem: The card appears as part of suffrage themed game that was the brainchild of Naomi Paxton. You can learn more about the backstory to the game’s creation on her website (click here). Muriel appears alongside other members of the British suffrage movement like… Continue reading ‘The High Flyer’: A Muriel Playing Card!
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
With ANZAC Day approaching we start to remind ourselves of those men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices for the safety and wellbeing of all Australians. One of those people who paid the ultimate price in World War I was a younger brother of Muriel Matters named Charles Adams Matters. Charles was born in… Continue reading Remembering Charles Adams Matters (1885-1915)
International Women’s Day is a reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements – both big and small – of women all over the world. The Muriel Matters Society Inc. recently acquired a set of Women’s Freedom League postcards depicting three women who certainly made a difference to the lives of the women around them –… Continue reading International Women’s Day 2020! Learn about some women who made a difference…
The Muriel Matters Society Inc. has launched its new tea towel! For the occasion The Society got together at the Bridgeway Hotel in Pooraka over tea and coffee – a balloon themed cake was served for afternoon tea. The new tea towel celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the performance of The Society’s play ‘Why Muriel… Continue reading The 2020 MMS Tea Towel is Now Available!
A quick reminder that the Dirigible Observance Day Event and 5th Tea Towel Launch is taking place tomorrow at the Bridgeway Hotel. We would love to see you there! See below for all the details.
Here’s an article about Muriel published on this day in 1909 by the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser. It reveals more about the agitation of the ‘grille girl’ in Liverpool for female suffrage… THE “GRILLE” HEROINE SUFFRAGETTES IN A STOCK EXCHANGE The habitues of the Liverpool Exchange flags were startled yesterday by an incursion… Continue reading The Grille Girl in 1909