Suffrage petitions discovered by Dr John McCulloch have now been digitised

16 Dec 2015

The late Dr John McCulloch, Dr Deborah Jordan and the Queensland Parliament have contributed to a project which saw petition signatures in support of women's right to vote in Queensland digitised. This was after careful photographing with the assistance of the State Archives, and hundreds of hours of work by members of the Queensland Family History Society who transcribed and checked all the details.  The three original women's suffrage petitions, from 1894 and 1897, were discovered by John McCulloch, a former Parliamentary librarian, in the course of his research at UQ for a PhD, a biography of Elizabeth Brentnall, President of the WCTU and a key figure in the struggle for the vote for women in Queensland that was won in 1905. This database was launched on Wednesday 9th September and is now available to the public, many of whom have already eagerly searched for their family members among the 15442 signatures.

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