Suffrage Day, round two

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They were hampered by snow the first time around, but while the white stuff threatened to fall again yesterday, Glenorchy’s Rural Women weren’t to be stopped.

About 25 people gathered to mark 125 years since NZ women earned the right to vote, by unveiling a commemorat-ive bench on the Village Green.

The ceremony was originally supposed to happen on September 19, but a heavy snowfall put paid to that.

Rural Women NZ Glenorchy branch president Kate Scott says 13 Glenorchy women signed the initial suffrage petition in 1893, which given the township’s isolation and size, “was a pretty good effort”.

“We wanted to honour those ladies who were fighting the good fight back in the day.”

The bench was picked as it’s a “useful, low-impact permanent memorial”.