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1891
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7jan
clear clear At a meeting of the United Trades and Labor Council resolutions are passed to provide for at least three candidates to stand as direct labour representatives in the Legislative Council elections in May 1891. This is the starting point of the United Labor Party of South Australia. [SRG 73, Series list p.2] The adoption of adult suf- frage will be included in their platform for the general elections in 1893. [Jim Moss, Sound of trumpets]
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27jan
Letter to the Editor, from "Zenobia", on women's franchise, published in Register.
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12feb
Letter to the Editor, from "Zenobia", on woman's suffrage, published in Register.
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27feb
Letter to the Editor, from "Justitia", on women's franchise, published in Register.
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28feb
Report of Letter to the Editor, from "Zenobia", on women's suffrage, published in Observer.
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2mar
At a meeting of the Women's Trades and Labour Union [sic], Mrs Mary Lee (Vice- President) earnestly urges the women present "to use every effort that no man shall be entrusted to make laws for the government of women ... who will not honestly recognise that women have equal claims with men to Parliamentary representation."
The President emphasises these views, and states that the Trades and Labour [sic] Council has unanimously declared in favour of adult suffrage. [Register 4 Mar 1891]
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7mar
Letter to the Editor, from "Justitia", on women's franchise, published in Observer.
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10mar
The annual meeting of the Women's Suffrage League is held in the Y.M.C.A.

Rooms. Miss Spence, on taking the chair, "says that it is the first time she has attended a meeting in connection with the League, but it certainly would not be the last." The annual report is read and adopted unanimously. Mrs M. Lee moves:- "that this meeting pledges itself to renewed endeavours to secure the full suffrage for women." The motion is carried. [Observer 28 Mar 1891]

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21mar
Letter to the Editor, from "Equal Suffrage", on women's suffrage, published in Observer.
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2jun
A large deputation from the Women's Suffrage League waits upon the Prime Minister [Hon T. Playford] "to ask that the Government would make the Women's Suffrage Bill a Government measure in the coming session of Parliament." [Observer 6 Jun 1891]
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9jun
At a meeting of the Council of the Women's Suffrage League, and friends of women's suffrage, it is unanimously resolved:- "That in the opinion of this meeting the time is ripe for the demand for women's suffrage according to the constitution of the Women's Suffrage League, viz., that the women of the country should have a voice in the choice of representatives to the Houses of Parliament, and that the qualifications entitling women to vote should be the same as those which apply to men." It is further resolved that a deputation from the League should wait upon Mr R. Caldwell to confer with him as to the future action of the League, in accordance with the first resolution. [Observer 13 Jun 1891]
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13jun
Letters to the Editor, from Miss C.H. Spence and Mary Lee, on women's suffrage, published in Observer.
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8jul
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
The Hon J. Warren moves for leave to introduce a Bill for an Act to further amend the Constitution Act and the Electoral Act of 1879, so as to enable female taxpayers to record their votes at public elections. Motion carried.
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14jul
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Introduced and read a first time.
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18jul
Letters to the Editor, from E.G. Day and R.T. Wylde, on women's suffrage, published in Observer.
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22jul
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Second reading.
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29jul
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Adjourned debate on second reading.
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5aug
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Adjourned debate on second reading.
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15aug
Letters to the Editor, from Mary Lee and C.H. Hussey, on women's suffrage, published in Observer.
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19aug
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Adjourned debate on second reading.
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26aug
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Adjourned debate on second reading.
The second reading is carried on the following division:- Ayes 14, Noes 3.
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31aug
Letter to the Editor, from "A Woman", on Women's Franchise Bill, published in Register.
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12sep
Letter to the Editor, from "Fiat Justitia Ruat Coelum", on women and the franchise, published in Observer.
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16sep
Women's Franchise Bill 1891 (Legislative Council)
Third reading.
On the motion for the third reading the following division is taken:- Ayes 10, Noes 9. There is not an absolute majority of the Council and Bill does not pass.
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27oct
Petitions in favour of women's suffrage from 71 residents in the District of Strathalbyn and Mount Barker, from 10 residents in the District of New-castle, from 76 residents in the District of Gladstone, from 83 West Adelaide residents, from 40 East Adelaide residents, from 119 residents in the District of Victoria, from 18 Onkaparinga residents, from 38 Newcastle residents, from 94 Wooroora residents, from 116 Wallaroo residents, from 96 residents in Barossa, from 9 residents in North Rhine, from 84 Wooroora residents presented in Parliament (House of Assembly).
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28oct
Petitions in favour of women's suffrage from 95 residents of Wooroora, from 79 residents of Gladstone, from 17 residents of Onkaparinga, from 23 residents of Victoria, from 19 residents of Mobilong, from 15 residents in North Rhine, from 91 residents of Barossa, from 120 residents of South Australia, from 82 residents of Wooroora, from 121 residents of [the District of] Victoria presented in Parliament (Legislative Council).
A number of petitions in favour of women's suffrage from residents in the Districts of Yorke's Peninsula, Gumeracha, West Torrens and Stanley presented in Parliament (House of Assembly).
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29oct
Petitions in favour of women's suffrage from 147 residents of West Torrens and from 67 residents of Strathalbyn presented in Parliament (Legislative Council).
Petition in favour of women's suffrage from 57 persons presented in Parliament (House of Assembly).
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3nov
Petitions in favour of women's suffrage from 64 residents in the District of Victoria, and from 126 residents in the District of Stanley presented in Parliament (House of Assembly).
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11nov
Petitions in favour of women's suffrage from 67 women, from women of Norwood and Kensington, and from 39 women presented in Parliament (Legislative Council).
Petitions in favour of women's suffrage from residents in and near the city, and a similar petition, together containing 128 signatures presented in Parliament (House of Assembly)
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1892
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16apr
Letter to the Editor, from Hannah Chewings, on womanhood suffrage, published in Observer.
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16may
The annual public meeting of the Women's Suf-frage League is held at the Victoria Hall. The annual report is read and adopted.

The Rev G.E. Rowe moves that the following ladies and gentlemen serve on the committee for the year:- President, Lady Colton; Vice-Presidents, Dr Stirling and Miss Spence; Treasurer, Mrs Charles Birks; Secretary, Mrs Mary Lee. The motion is carried. [Register 16 May 1892]

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21jun
Hon Frederick William Holder becomes Premier of South Australia.
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8jul
Women's Suffrage League deputation to the Premier [Hon F.W. Holder] "to bring before him some arguments in favour of extending the Parliamentary suffrage to women." [Register 9 Jul 1892]
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20jul
Question in Parliament (House of Assembly)
Mr R. Caldwell asks if the government has yet considered the attitude they intend to adopt with reference to female suffrage. The Hon F.W. Holder, replies that "this subject would be included with those matters to be considered when the Government policy on the hustings was being formulated."
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27sep
Petition in favour of women's suffrage from 98 residents of Semaphore presented in Parliament (House of Assembly).
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5oct
Petition in favour of women's suffrage from 82 residents of Port Adelaide and Semaphore presented in Parliament (Legislative Council).
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11oct
Petition in favour of women's suffrage from 116 residents of Semaphore presented in Parliament (Legislative Council).
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15oct
Hon Sir John William Downer becomes Premier of South Australia.
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6dec
A well-attended meeting of the Council of the Women's Suffrage League is held in the Y.M.C.A. Rooms. It is resolved "that Miss Spence be requested to represent the Women's Suffrage League and urge its interests." [Voice 9 Dec 1892]
Petition in favour of women's suffrage from 240 residents of Kadina presented in Parliament (Legislative Council).
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9dec
C.H. Spence's paper, "Woman's suffrage and effective voting", read at a drawing- room meeting at Glenelg, published in Voice.

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