Mary Ann Muller, through the writings of Kate Sheppard, was known as New Zealand's Pioneer Suffragist.
Mary Ann Muller came to Nelson on board the ship Pekin in 1849. She wrote articles in support of women's rights for the Nelson Examiner under the pen name Femmina. In 1869 she wrote the first pamphlet on the women's vote published in New Zealand, An appeal to the men of New Zealand. In it she asked, "How long are women to remain a wholly unrepresented body of people?" Acts to protect the property of married women were passed in 1870 and 1884, and in 1893 women won the vote. Mary Ann Muller lived to see these accomplishments, before passing away in 1901. #DayofFacts #womensrights
Image: Muller, Mrs and grandson. Nelson Provincial Museum, Macey Collection.
Two of our wonderful volunteers at the Research Facility in Isel Park getting rid of some surface mould and dust. On days like this it can be a lovely spot to work!
Corner of Hardy and Trafalgar Streets
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