Marking Women’s History Month – Votes for Women

Great Petition - sculpture by S Hewitt and P Lee - courtesy City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection

This event is likely not to proceed. Here is the announcement from the Old Treasury Building on 16 March 2020 on 16 March 2020:

Due to the current health crisis the MUSEUM at the Old Treasury Building will be closed to the general public until further notice. We apologise to our visitors for this disruption, but have taken this step to safeguard the health of all – visitors, staff and volunteers – and to assist in containing infection. At this stage we do not know how long the closure will last.

Here is the information about the event as previously originally planned:

The Old Treasury Building is a key building in Victoria’s Parliamentary precinct; and rather appropriately located nearby is a wonderful sculpture by Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee called Great Petition which reminds us of the long campaign for equal political rights for women. (Learn more about the sculpture via the City of Melbourne's Art and Heritage Collection.)

The sculpture refers to the 'Monster Petition' calling for women to be granted the right to vote in Victoria. It was signed by 30,000 Victorian women over a period of six weeks in 1891. It took another two decades before women achieved the right vote! The original petition, which consists of sheets of paper glued onto lengths of calico fabric, is 260 metres long and is held by Public Record Office Victoria.

Celebrated historian and museum specialist, Kenneth Park, will present a beautifully illustrated and fascinating lecture looking at the campaign for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom and Australia. Kenneth will place a special focus on the jewellery, accessories, ceramics, banners, printed ephemera and other artistic objects that used distinct colour schemes and logos to popularise the cause.

Tickets for this event cost $15. Please book by sending an email to: [email protected], then pay in cash on the day.

For further information, visit the Old Treasury Building's webpage about this event.

March 31, 2020 at 11:00am - 12pm
Old Treasury Building
Kenneth Park · · (03) 9606 0501