In 1891 Victoria's Premier James Munro, under pressure from the pro-suffrage Woman's Christian Temperance Union, promised to introduce a Suffrage Bill into Parliament if it could be demonstrated that womens' franchise is what the colony's women wanted. After six weeks the suffragists had collected almost 33,000 signatures, the biggest petition ever to be presented to a colonial parliament. The Bill passed the lower house but was rejected by the ultra-conservative Upper House. This book oulines the history of 362 Colac women who signed the petition.
Pioneers & Suffragists. Merrill O'Donnell; Stephen Brooks. 2nd ed. Stephen Brooks; Colac (Vic); 2013. x, 350 p.; illus. Soft cover. ISBN 978 0 646 58264 1