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The mural celebrates the Centenary of Women's Suffrage and the women who contributed to the Lake Grace Shire. The mural was painted in 1998 by a group of local artists as part of commemorations for the centenary of women's suffrage in the State of Western Australia.

The mural acknowledges fortyeight women who contributed to the development of the Lake Grace Shire, from European settlement to the present. The mural features settlers, community builders, professionals, homemakers, activists, farmers and students - born between 1881 and 1980.

The Women's Christian Temperance Union had begun campaigning for the vote in 1896 by writing to newspapers and holding public meetings in Perth and regional centres throughout the south west. The West Australian newspaper declared its support for women's suffrage in 1898. The following year the WCTU joined with the Karrakatta Club, Australia's oldest women's club, to form the Women's Suffrage League. Together they brought pressure to bear on the Western Australian Parliament. In August 1899 both Houses of the colonial Parliament passed a motion in favour of women's suffrage. The Constitution Acts Amendment Act was proclaimed on 18 May 1900, giving women the same voting rights as men. 

Location

Address:Stubbs Street, near War Memorial , Lake Grace, 6353
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.100998
Long: 118.461047
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Art
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Community
Approx. Event End Date:1998
Monument Designer:Irene Osborne
Source: MA
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