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League of Women Voters Victoria (1945 - )

From
August 1945
Australia
Occupations
Lobby group
Website
http://www.vicnet.net.au/~league
Location
PO Box 451 Balwyn, Vic

Summary

The League of Women Voters Victoria began in August 1945 when three women's organisations agreed to combine: the Victorian Women's Citizens Movement, the League of Women Voters, and Women for Canberra. The first President of the League was Mrs Julia Rapke JP OBE.

The League aims to encourage people, young and old, to regard their vote as a privilege and a right, to be exercised seriously.

Each year there are three events held, two marking important milestones for Victorian women voters and a seminar to encourage young women to get to know women politicians:

- March 31, 1909 when Victorian women first gained the right to vote in State elections, and
- May 12, 1924 when Victorian were first able to stand for the Victorian Parliament.
- Young Women's Leadership Seminar held at Parliament House, organised by the Parliament's Education Office.

The Bessie Mabel Rischbeith Memorial Trust is conducted under the auspices of the League as a tribute to a remarkable Australian woman.

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Reports of the League of Women Voters of Victoria, 1978 - 1979, MS 5957; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Records of the League of Women Voters of Victoria, 1940 - 1971, MS 9747; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Edith Harrison Moore Papers, 1898 - 1960, 63/9; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details
  • Eva Pethybridge Papers, 1943 - 1963, 87/172; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Clare Land and Anne Heywood

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