The Great Petition Sculpture in Melbourne


This Women’s Suffrage Memorial was created by two artists to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Petition which in the end, successfully gave women the right to vote. The premier of Victoria said he would introduce a bill into Parliament if it could be proven all women, not just the suffragettes, wanted the right to vote. During the six weeks that followed, the women’s movement got 30,000 signatures. The signed pages were stitched together to form a ‘monster petition’ that was 260m long. In 1908, after many bills were debated in Parliament, women were given the right to vote. The sculpture symbolises the petition and looks like a giant scroll. It sits in a park on the eastern side of Melbourne. I haven’t spent a lot of time in that part of the city and hadn’t noticed it before.


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