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Comparing Australian & British Women’s Suffrage

2012 April 16
Hansard suffrage Perth

Commemorating Women's Suffrage in King's Park, Perth with passages from Hansard

Public Histories of Australian & British Women’s Suffrage: Some comparative issues

In this article I consider the ways in which activists in the British suffrage movement became the public historians of their own pasts. I analyse the different forms in which the history of suffrage feminism was created and the ways in which it both drew upon former traditions of the labour movement and conventions of public memorialisation. I consider the ways in which the Australian suffrage campaign has been commemorated and differences between this and the British position. I raise a number of questions about ways in which public historians might explore the creation of collective histories and the role of individuals within that process arising from this initial comparative analysis.

Public History Review  14 (online)

(Professional Historians Association, New South Wales, Australia,2007 )

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