Women's Suffrage Centenary Calendar
This calendar lists the events during the year-long celebrations
held in South Australia in 1994 to commemorate the centenary of
the granting of women's suffrage in this state. We hope this calendar
will be of interest and use for other states and countries planning
to celebrate centenaries of women's suffrage, and will provide
plenty ideas for similar celebrations. These details are as printed
on the posters promoting the calendar of events. Some details
may have altered as the year progressed—dates may have changed,
events may have been cancelled, or new events occurred.
Entries are arranged chronologically by month. For each entry
an exact date is given where stated. If no date is known the event
is listed at the end of the individual dates, for that month.
For further information on any event, email
the Office for the Status of Women, 136 North Terrace, Adelaide
5000, a South Australian state government agency, who will endeavour
to put you in touch with the person or organisation responsible
for organising the event.
Since the Calendar of events is a large file it has been divided
into four sections:
December 18 Launch of South Australia's Women's Suffrage
Centenary by Her Excellency, the Roma Mitchell at Government House.
Dame Roma is also the patron for the Centenary, which will be
commemorated in 1994 with a full year of celebrations. South Australia
became the first place in the world to grant women their full
democratic rights—to qualify them to stand for parliament and,
at the same time, to extend them the right to vote.
August 16 Launch of two historic tapestries in the making.
These have been commissioned to commemorate the Centenary and
South Australia's distinction of being the first democracy in
the world to give women the right to stand for parliament. Sixteen
skilled volunteer community weavers will spend around 5,000 hours
weaving the tapestries in public view in the foyer of the National
Australia Bank, 22 King William Street. Scores of passers-by are
each week accepting an open invitation to 'make a pass' and weave
their way into history (all participants are being recorded).
When completed, the tapestries will be hung in the House of Assembly,
Parliament House. The tapestries will replace portraits of men
and provide lasting symbols in these corridors of power of South
Australia's world-leading achievement for women in parliament.
September 9, 16 & 23 Worker's Educational Association
Short Educational program. Venue: WEA Adult Educational Centre.
October 13 Launch of the Centenary Diary. Visually
stunning, this 22.5 cm x 15 cm size diary features the first of
two Centenary tapestries on the cover and fascinating full page
photographs of notable South Australian women (past and present)
illustrates each week of the year. The Women's Suffrage Centenary
Diary is sponsored by Foundation South Australia.
October 25 Launch of the winning poster for the Centenary.
Designed by a secondary school student, together with a display
of best entries. Carclew Arts Centre, North Adelaide.
November 17 Media Launch of logo for 100 Years of
Housework Exhibition to be staged in April/May 1994.
Venue for launch Ayers House Kitchen. Old Parliament House. The
publication of a booklet titled 1894 How a Parliament of Men
gave the Vote to Women describing how the Adult Suffrage
Bill was passed in 1894, illustrated with contemporary cartoons.
December 16 Community Liaison Officers Salisbury North
The launch of a series of vibrant multicultural panels created
by the traditional skills of Aboriginal women and women of Non-English
speaking backgrounds. The panels will reflect their migration
experiences, their contributions to this state and their aspirations
for the future. Venue Salisbury North 3-7, Bagstor Road, Salisbury.
These panels will be rotated around four local schools; Paralowie
Reception to-Year 12, Salisbury North Years 3-7, Salisbury High
School Burton Reception to -Year 7, between August and December
and will form part of a touring exhibition which will commemorate
and celebrate the shared experiences of women.
1. The Centenary Begins.
Opening celebration on the steps of Parliament House to mark the
beginning of the Women's Suffrage Centenary. Featuring a women's
choir, SA singer/song writer of the year Robin Habel, the release
of 100 gold and purple balloons to represent each year of the
century since the historic legislation, and the launch of a Centenary
Time Capsule which will be sealed on December 17 and buried in
the catacombs under Parliament House. Venue: Parliament House.
1-2 Vitari Australian Beach Volley Ball Grand Prix
Women have won the recognition to participate equally in this
event, which in 1994 will qualify teams for selection into the
training squad for the Atlanta Olympic Games. Glenelg Beach.
3 Women's Suffrage Centenary Tapestries
Work will recommence on the weaving of the first of the two historic
tapestries commissioned to commemorate the Centenary of SA's distinction
of being the first democracy in the world to give women the right
to stand for parliament. Work on the second tapestry is expected
to start mid January. When completed, the tapestries will be hung
in the House of Assembly, Parliament House. Members of the public
are encouraged to accept the open invitation to call in to the
foyer of National Australia Bank, 22 King William Street, to 'make
a pass' and weave their way into history, and all participants
are being recorded.
To commemorate the Suffrage Centenary the Department of Environment
and Natural Resources will provide an annual award up to $10,000
to be named after a prominent woman associated with the environment.
The award will be open to all who qualify on the basis of significant
achievement for the SA community and the environment.
SARDI Annual Research Bursary
An ongoing annual Bursary of $1,000. Sponsored by the SA Research
and Development Institute (SARDI), for a woman Honours graduate
in the field of agriculture, fisheries or forestry in the area
of production, downstream processing, post wharf and post farm
and associated disciplines.
Early February Launch of the Young Women's Commemorative
Petition to Parliament
Launch of this special schools project coordinated by Ms Elizabeth
Mansutti. Re-creation of the Great Petition for Women's Suffrage.
Modern day petition, which will be presented to Parliament in
August, will contain signatures of young women aged 16 to 18,
gathered from all.state and independent schools throughout SA
and the NT. Young women from six metropolitan schools will develop
the message to Parliament that the petition will carry.
4 Chinese Cooking Demonstration.
Cooking demonstration by Chinese women during the Chinese New
Year and free distribution of fortune cookies. Sponsored by Soroptomists
International of SA Inc. Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
6 Centenary Guided Walk-From Franchise to Freedom.
This special guided walk, conducted by Tourabout Adelaide (Sandy
Pugsley & Jan Forbes), commences on February 6 at 2 pm. It will
emphasise the active role women have played in the development
of SA from the earliest days of settlement till today. You will
hear about a range of women from the first woman to graduate to
the first woman Judge of the Supreme Court and from the leaders
of the suffrage movement to today's community leaders. Tours on
the first Sunday of every month from 2 pm. .Wednesday evenings
throughout February and March from 6 pm. Other times by special
10-12 Two Feet.
A dance dedicated to the Centenary, and based on the theme of
women's struggle to achieve excellence. Choreographed and performed
by Meryl Tankard, Artistic Director of the Australian Dance Theatre.Venue:
Her Majesty's Theatre.
11 Women's Suffrage Centenary Ecumenical Service.
St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide. Time: 8:00pm.
11 Commemorative Photographic and Memorabilia Display—SA
Women in Sport
A display of photographs and memorabilia of women who have made
a major contribution to sport and recreation in SA. Sponsored
by the Division of Recreation. Sporting Expo, Adelaide Showgrounds.
11 Adelaide Games Grand Prix
Track and field events, organised independently of the Steering
Committee, and accredited as a Suffrage Centenary event. The day's
proceedings will be highlighted by a special women's event celebrating
the centenary. Olympic Sports Field, Kensington.
12 (until March 13) A World of Difference
Curated fine arts exhibition of works by noteworthy SA women artists,
which demonstrate problems women have experienced. Featuring:
Njorie Bungey, Pat Hagan, Lydia Globlicka, Barbara Leslie, Mary
Michelmore, Pam Kouwenhoven, Noela Hall, Vicki Waller and Stephanie
Schrapel, Pennie Dowie, Jo Caddy, Ursula Dutkiewicz and P McKillup.
Directed by Sheila Whittam. Venue: John Dunn Fine Arts Gallery,
384 Mt Barker Rd, Bridgewater.
13 (until March 13) Return of Sophia-Installation Exhibition
Major solo exhibition of recent work by Noela Hjorth. Focus on
sculptural works incorporating bronze casting, welded steel and
terracotta. Theme of Earth Mother goddess beginning.with Adam
and Eve and the tree of life, and evolving to dramatically opposed
elements of the 20th century, represented by the symbols of the
Yin and Yang. Venue: St. Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide.
15 (until April 30) Precious Gems of Australia Jewellers
Exhibition of a collection of handcrafted jewellery designed by
Maria Kenda and using Australian gem stones, such as amethyst
and topaz, in the Centenary colours.The collection will be launched
on February 15 by the Lord Mayor Henry Ninio and the Lady Mayoress,
Lynette Ninio. Venue: Precious Gems of Australia, 9 Hindley Street,
Adelaide. The exhibition will also go on tour.
17 Book Launch-The Ironing Lady
Launch by Ms Janine Haines of the novel The Ironing Lady
by Jan Hill (Flash Back Press). Based on the social theme of the
quest for empowerment by the late 20th century woman in an all
male, factory-work world. Venue: Women's Centre, St Peters, 64
Nelson St, Stepney.
17 Woman's Christian Temperance Union of SA 1994 Suffrage Centenary
Luncheon with guest speaker: Sister Deirdre Jordan, AC, MBE, Chancellor
of Flinders University. In the afternoon, a panel of three women
from different walks of life will promote discussion on the topic
'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow' .Salvation Army Adelaide Congress
18 February–13 March 1994 Adelaide Festival Fringe 18-20
Fringe Out West Festival
A multi-Arts Festival designed around disability, access, affordability,
and cultural diversity. Women performers include: Arramaieda (Women
acappella- Sydney), Poni Jenke (Murri Islander singer/song writer),
Sisters Plus (exciting Aboriginal group developed from seven sisters),
Robyn Habel (Award winning singer/song writer from Adelaide),
Da Linga-(Black American singer/entertainer). Presented by Arts
in Action. Venue: Fantasia Convention Centre, 292 Findon Rd, Findon.
21-25 At Home at Willard House-Woman's Christian Temperance
Union of SA
Open House to highlight the women who achieved enfranchisement
in this state and the legacy they gave the present generation.
Literature and displays, viewing of health and educational videos.
Venue: Willard House, 145 Hutt Street Adelaide.
21 (Tuesdays until March 22) The Many Hats that Women Wear
Part of a series of millinery workshops for women from the community
which will culminate in a special exhibition in September. There
will be historical hats from each decade over the past century
using authentic.styles, materials, and construction and which
will be depicted as symbols of conformity. There will also be
contemporary hats, which together with soft sculpture, will reflect
social comment on the changing roles of women within our society.
The Tuesday workshops involve eight sessions of two hours, after
which the students' work will be displayed at the Burnside Council
Library in the first week of April. Additional country workshops
being arranged including Kangaroo Island.
22 Radio Documentary Launch—With a Little Bit of Help from
Based on the life and current retirement lifestyle of Majorie
Ladkin, political activist and.Secretary of the Nursing Federation,
during 12 significant years. Produced by the ABC's Heather Steen.
Series of six programs devised by Helen Flinter and written by
Pat Rix about women in their 80s and 90s maintaining independence
in the community. Venue: Nexus Cabaret, Lion Arts Centre.
22-26 Artists Week
A five day free event including debate, performances, screenings
and presentations by leading Australian and international contemporary
artists, writers and cultural commentators. The program has been
compiled by nine curators, eight of whom are women. The week will
pay particular attention to Aboriginal women artists, and women
artists working with new technologies. Sponsored by the Adelaide
Festival of Arts. Venue: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide.
24 Fringe Out West Comes to Town.
Refer to 18-20 Feb for description. Venue: Nexus Cabaret Space,
Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace.
24 (until March 26) Ngurra.
A collaborative installation undertaken by Anne Mosey and Dolly
Nampijinpa Daniels. The artists will explore the meanings of the
Warlpiri word 'ngurra' (camp, home or country) from the perspective
of their personal histories. Venue: University of South Australia
Art Museum, Holbrooks Road, Underdale.
25 February -12 March-1994 Adelaide Festival of Arts 25
Women in Business Network
The commencement of a series of meetings, convened for women business
owners who wish to share business ideas and upgrade their.business
management skills and knowledge. Ongoing throughout 1994.
26 The Many Hats that Women Wear
Part of a series of millinery workshops for women from the community
(seee February 21) culminating in an exhibition in September.
One day workshop: Noarlunga Community Arts Centre, after which
the students' work will go on display in the centre.
28 Women's Suffrage Centenary Special Guests for Writers Week
Marilyn French: A panel session including Anne Summers, Hanan
al Sharkch and Susan Mitchell as Chair. Topic—The Future of Feminism.
Deirdre Bair: A panel session including Blanch D Alpuget. Venue:
Memorial Women's Garden.
28.(until March 13) Stitches in Time, Embroidery Past and Present
An exhibition of embroideries from around the world,.from the
17th Century to the present day. Venue: Embroiders Guild 16 Hughes
Street, Mile End.
28 (until March 25) Book Exhibition-Women's Issues
A travelling book exhibition, by the British Council, containing
160 new British books and journals covering: women in management,
women and education, women and work, women and the arts, women's
health policy, violence against women. Venue: Barr Smith Library,
University of Adelaide, North Terrace.
Book Launch-In Her Own Name (2nd edition).
Launch of Dr Helen Jones revised work, In Her Own Name
Augusta Zadow Award
Launch of the award to be made in 1994 which will recognise contribution
to improvements in women's health and safety in the workplace.
It is also designed to stimulate interest and recognise excellence
in women's occupational health and safety. Sponsored by the Department
of Labour and Administrative Services.
Women and Public Transport Award
$10,000 Postgraduate Research Scolarship provided by the State
Transport Authority to be awarded in late February.
1 Writers Week Suffrage Centenary Guest: Marilyn French.
Meet the Author-solo session. Memorial Women's Garden.
2 Writers Week Suffrage Centenary Guest: Deirdre Bair
`Meet the Author-solo session. Memorial Women's Garden.
2 57th International Women's Day.Celebration Luncheon.
Special guest speakers. Presentation of IWD awards for poetry
1993-94. Launch of IWD short story-poetry anthology. Presentation
of the IWD service certificates rewarding.women community achievers.Venue:
Freemason's Hall, 254 North Terrace, Adelaide.
3 Public Forum-Writers Week Suffrage Centenary Guests
Special Suffrage Centenary sponsored guests for Writers Week:
Marilyn French and Deirdre Bair. Venue: Her Majesty's Theatre
2-30 Jacqueline Hick Retrospective.
A retrospective exhibition of paintings, prints and enamels of
South Australian artist Jacqueline Hick, with interpretative panels.
Presented by the Royal SA Society of Arts. Venue: RSASA Gallery,
1st floor, Institute Building, 122 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide.
4 Women of Metal—Don't be too polite girls!
Launch of Banner of the Women's Committee of the Automotive Metal
Engineering Union. Venue: AMEU Building, 229 Greenhill Road, Dulwich.
6 City Mazda Women's Celebration Fun Run or Walk.
A special non-competitive Women's Suffrage Celebration Fun Run/Walk.
Women and girls of all ages and fitness are encouraged to join
the fun by jogging or walking. A special commemorative medal.of
the 5km or 10km will be presented to every finisher. Breakfast.will
be provided free for each finisher after the run. Organised by
the SA Road Runners Club and sponsored by City Mazda. Groups of
more than four women or girls are encouraged to enter. Start-Memorial
Drive (behind Zoo).
7 -11 The CWA at Home.
A special Country Women's Association display, featuring photographs,
memorabilia, stories, famous CWA members (past and present). State
Club, 30 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town.
8 International Women's Day
8 UNIFEM Breakfast, Adelaide Convention Centre. 8 International
Women's Day Lunch-time Picnic
The South Australian Branches of Women's International League
for Peace and Freedom, and Women's Electoral Lobby invite all
women and girls to this picnic to celebrate womens' and girls'
contribution to peace and social justice. Speaker, Julia Lester
(ABC Radio). Music by Archipelago. Open microphone for women to
celebrate particular women in our lives or history. Venue: Peace
Park (opposite Memorial Hospital), Sir Edwin Smith Avenue, North
9 SA Country Women's Association (CWA) Centenary Tour-Celebrating
100 Years of Women's Right to Vote
The launch by Mrs Anne Hetzel and State President, Mrs Anne Phelan,
of a series of one day seminars to be held in country towns from
March to September. Speakers on the significance of the Centenary,
how women's enfranchisement was achieved and on the women who
brought it all about, as well as drama, art, music and handicraft
presented by CWA members. Venue: State Club, 30 Dequetteville
Terrace, Kent Town.
12 International Women's Day March, Picnic & Dance.
Meet in Victoria Square and march to Rymill Park for a special
afternoon festival to celebrate the Centenary.
12 Women's Suffrage Centenary Cup Racing Carnival.
South Australian Jockey Club Headquarters, Morphettville Racecourse.
15 Women's Lives and the Law.
Commencement of Women's Lives and the Law, a series of
five twilight lectures hosted by Finlaysons, one of Adelaide's
leading commercial law firms.The presenters of each lecture are
leaders in their fields.The first lecture on 'Women and the Criminal
Law', will be presented by Lindy Powell.
16 CWA Centenary Tour. One day seminar. Location-Flaxley.
17 Lecture: Women and Industrial Law
Delivered by Robyn Layton QC, this is the second in the series
of Finlayson's twilight lectures.
17 & 24 The Many Hats that Women Wear.
Part of a series of millinery workshops for women from the community
(see February 21) culminating in an exhibition in September. Two
successive Sundays of workshops at Lobethal after which the students'
work will go on display in the Lobethal Information Centre.
18 (until April 12) And the Kitchen Sink
A woman's experience in the building trade. An exhibition of paintings,
drawings and objects, by South Australian artist, Margie Hooper.
Venue: Adelaide Central Gallery, 53 Osmond St Norwood.
19 Wild Women Never Get The Blues
The launch of a film documenting the various trips, training,
courses and workshops conducted by Women of the Wilderness. Will
explore the ways in which a safe and supportive working environment
is established to promote a sense of confidence for women in wanting
to learn outdoor skills such as rock climbing, absailing, canoeing,
bush walking etc.Venue: Clarence Park Community Centre, Corner
of East Avenue and Canterbury Terrace, Black Forest.
21 CWA Centenary Tour. One day seminar. Location-Victor Harbor.
22 Lecture: 'Family and Property Law'
Delivered by Vicky Chapman, third in the series of Finlayson's
23-25 CWA Centenary Tour. One day seminar. Location-Kingscote
24 Lecture: 'The Law and Aboriginal Women'
Natasha Mc Namara presents the fourth in the series of Finlayson's
26 (until Nov 27) Kate Cocks Exhibition
A museum devoted to Australia's first police woman, Kate Cocks,
who was born in Moonta. The display, by the Moonta Branch of the
National Trust, will also highlight her continuous involvement
with women and children's welfare. Venue: Moonta Mines Museum.
29 Lecture: Future Predictions and Expectations
Delivered by Foundation Professor of Law at Flinders University,
Rebecca Bailey-Harris, this final lecture in Finlayson's series
will look at future directions in the law and its impact on women.
29 CWA Centenary Tour. One day seminar. Location-Willunga.
Touring Photographic Exhibition by Rosey Boehm
Photographs of South Australian women who have achieved success
in their lives, but who may have received little public recognition.
International Women's Day Committee
Launch of the history of the International Women's Day Committee
(SA) over almost 70 years from 1927 to 1994.
Women in South Australia: A statistical profile.
Launch of publication on SA women, which will provide a comprehensive
picture of women's present welfare and status and serve as a background
for research, analysis and policy-making for government, business
and community sectors. Sponsored by the Department of Premier
and Cabinet in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
March-December. A Woman's Place. Celebrating Women in Politics
An exhibition designed to empower women and inspire them to actively
participate in political life. Containing historic information
including details on all women MP's in SA since the first in 1959.
The Women's Suffrage Centenary time capsule will be on display
at this exhibition.Venue: Centre Hall—Parliament House.
Women as Decision Makers in Early Childhood Services
The launch of a series of profiles and a video on the contribution
community women have made to local management committees in early
childhood.services and also to the Children's Services state wide
Consultative Structure. Sponsored by Children's Services Office.
Women in Business
The launch of a research publication Women in Business
conducted by the Small Business Corporation.
Feature Articles—SA International Brief.
The publication.of the first of a 12 month series of commissioned
profile work in the Economic Development Authority's newsletter
on a number of current leading business women in SA, who are success
Suffrage Debates for Students.
Launch by the State History Centre and the Department of Arts
and Cultural Heritage of a series of printed debates for students
to use in the former House of Assembly Chamber at Old Parliament
House and schools.