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125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

In December 2019 the Office for Women is celebrating the 125th anniversary of landmark legislation that enabled women in South Australia – for the first time anywhere in Australia – to vote in general elections, and to stand as members of Parliament.

This incredible achievement was the end result of years of campaigning, letter writing, signature gathering and lobbying by men and women in the South Australian community that put their passion into action.

Gaining the vote was a huge step towards gender equality in South Australia, and meant that women could participate in public life by having their say at general elections.

Join us in celebrating this momentous occasion! Below are links to some pages we have put together that provide some background and detail about how the vote was achieved for SA women, and some of the people that were involved.

Community grants

The State Government is offering grants of up to $5,000 to local councils and non-for-profit organisations to host events and develop initiatives that celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia in 2019.

A total of $125,000 will be provided to support the community to commemorate this important date in the state’s history.

Click here for more information, including how to apply

Celebration register

We would love to hear from you about how you plan to celebrate the anniversary – drop us a line at or get in touch via our Facebook or Twitter accounts. You might hold a fundraiser for a local women’s organisation, or create a piece of artwork about the anniversary, or maybe you’ll write a song or bake a cake! Just make sure you send us a picture, email or even give us a call to tell us how you will be celebrating this huge moment in South Australia’s progress.

Click here to view the calendar of events to see how you can join in with celebrations!


We are so excited to collaborate with you on celebrating the incredible anniversary of the campaign for women's votes in South Australia and would love to have your input!

The Office for Women has set up a Pinterest board with a whole range of interesting pins relating to South Australian women's suffrage. Have we missed anything?

Click here to contribute to the OFW Pinterest board on SA women's suffrage!

Information pages

Check out the below links for info about what suffrage is, who was involved, and how and when it all happened:

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