Women in New Zealand Vote in the General Election of 28 November 1893

Posted on November 27th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 28 November 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world in modern times to give women the vote in a general election.

To mark this historic day, here are two newspaper stories that report on the New Zealand General Election of 1893, and also a report on the passing of the legislation in September that same year.

The papers reported that women gave their votes to candidates who professed Christianity and advocated temperance.

historical newspaper reports on Women in New Zealand Vote in the General Election of 28 November 1893

Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Wednesday 29 November 1893

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historical newspaper reports on Women in New Zealand Vote in the General Election of 28 November 1893

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Thursday 30 November 1893

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historical newspaper reports on Women in New Zealand Vote in the General Election of 28 November 1893

Edinburgh Evening News – Saturday 09 September 1893

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  • Mark

    Pitcairn Island beat NZ by 55 years
    http://www.stanet.ch/apd/news/3828.html

    • The British Newspaper Archive

      Hi Mark,
      Oh we didn’t know that!
      Thanks for sharing this info.
      Best regards,
      The BNA Team.