Mary Lee – Australia’s Unsung Suffragette

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Day 283 of Colourisation Project – February 14

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

Australia led the world in giving women not only the right to vote but also the right to stand for parliament. South Australia holds the distinction of being the first place on Earth to allow women access to parliament not just through the vote but through women becoming members of parliament themselves.

Instrumental in this landmark achievement was Mary Lee an Irish-Australian suffragette and social reformer in South Australia. Born this day, 14 February, 1821, Lee was the chief organiser of the 1894 petition of 11,600 signatures presented to the South Australian Parliament in August 1894, requesting that women in the Colony be granted the right to vote.

Mary LeePhotographer Unknown ~ Mary Lee c 1895 ~ Coloured by Loredana Crupi

Lee was born in county Monoghan…

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