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Suffrage Time - Line

1857
Male suffrage granted in Victoria subject to property qualifications for Lower House elections

1863
Municipal rolls were used for compiling colonial electoral rolls. The Act referred to 'all persons' so women with property were allowed to vote in 1864 election

1865
Phrase 'all persons' in the Act altered to 'all male persons' removing the right of women to vote

1872
Education Act - "parents of children of not less than six years nor more than fifteen years shall cause such children (unless there is some reasonable excuse) to attend school for a period of sixty days in each half year." (clause 13)

1884
Married Woman's Property Act. Legislation providing married women with the right to own and dispose of property in their own right
Victorian Women's Suffrage Society formed

1887
Victorian Woman's Christian Temperance Union formed

1889
Australian Women's Suffrage Society formed
Woman's Suffrage Bill presented in Legislative Asssembly by Dr Maloney, but not debated

1890
Australian Women's Franchise Society founded

1891
Woman's Petition presented to Victorian Parliament. Signatures collected by WVTU, Victorian Alliance and three suffrage societies

1893
Women won the vote in New Zealand

1894
Women won the vote in South Australia
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill presented by Dr Maloney
National Society for Woman Suffrage founded (became United Council for Woman Suffrage)
Victorian Women's Suffrage League founded by the WCTU

1895-1896
Victorian Plural Voting Abolition and Women's Suffrage Bill presented by Mr G Turner

1899
Women won the vote in Western Australia
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill presented by Sir George Turner
United Council for Woman Suffrage reformed

1900
Women's progressive League founded
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill No. 1 presented by Mr McLean
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill No. 2 presented by Mr H R Williams

1901
Federation of Australian states and teritories
Victorian National Council of Women founded (WCTU one of the four original affiliates)

1902
Women won the vote in New South Wales
Women's Federation formed
Commonwealth Franchise Act passed (women in all states able to vote in federal elctions and also stand as candidates in federal elections)

1903
Women won the vote in Tasmania
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill No. 1 presented by Dr Maloney
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill No. 2 presented by Dr Maloney
First time women able to vote in a federal election
Vida Goldstein unsuccessfully contested federal Senate election

1904
Women won the vote in Queensland
Women's Political Association formed
Victorian Women's Suffrage Bill presented by Mr Landon

1905
Victorian Adult Suffrage Bill presented by Mr Prendergast

1906
Victorian Adult Suffrage Bill presented by Mr Wall

1907
Victorian Adult Suffrage Bill presented by Mr Prendergast

1908
Victorian Adult Suffrage Bill No. 1 presented by Mr Prendergast
Victorian Adult Suffrage Bill No. 2 presented by Sir Thomas Bent
Women won the vote in Victoria but not the right to stand as candidates for Victorian parliamentary elections

1909
Victorian Adult Suffrage Act proclaimed after receiving royal assent

1923
Women won right to stand as candidates for Victorian parliamentary elections


Links to further information

The timeline of Women's achievements in Victoria