Thursday’s quiz

1. Who said: “ The news is being flashed far and wide, and before our earth has revolved on her axis every civilized community within the reach of the electric wires will have received the tidings that civic freedom has been granted to the women of New Zealand. … It does not seem a great thing to be thankful for, that the gentlemen who confirm the laws which render women liable to taxation and penal servitude have declared us to be “persons”… We are glad and proud to think that even in so conservative a body as the Legislative Council there is a majority of men who are guided by the principles of reason and justice, who desire to see their womenkind treated as reasonable beings, and who have triumphed over prejudice, narrow-mindedness and selfishness.“?

2. Which flower is the symbol of women’s suffrage?

3. In which year did women in New Zealand gain the right to vote?

4. Who was Premier when women got the right to vote?

5. In which year was the first election in which New Zealand women were able to vote?

4 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) Given the theme – Kate Shepherd?


    (3) 1893

    (4) Richard John Seddon

    (5) 1893


  2. Alwyn says:

    1. That was Kate Sheppard. The Green MPs seem to think her name was either Shepherd or Shepard.
    2. I am guessing. I know there were Camellias planted in Parliament grounds to commemorate the movement so I’ll say that’s the answer.
    3. 1893
    4. King Dick I suppose. Richard John Seddon. I believe he was a great opponent of it happening.
    5. I don’t know. Was there an election that year?


  3. Gravedodger says:

    1 Kate Sheppard
    2 A camelia.
    3 1893.
    4 Richard Seddon who ran strongly to prevent the inevitable and was intent on defeating it in the legislative chamber. After he lobbied a member to secure the vote he wanted two other members were incensed sufficiently to switch their votes and it passed by the a narrow margin. Was his subsequent dramatic demise Kama.
    5 1893 but they could not stand as candidates for election until 1919. That was the year that many areas of New Zealand were declared “Dry” and it was over half a century before the anomalies that action perpetrated were reversed.


  4. 1. I’d also guess Kate Sheppard, because she is the only early NZ feminist whose name I can recall. I know that there were others- the one who helped draft the married women’s property laws, for instance- but they aren’t on the banknote!
    2. A white camellia; there is a bouquet on the banknote.
    3. 1893
    4. Richard John Seddon
    5. 1876, if they owned property and paid rates. Somehow, it only seems to be immigrants who learn this!


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