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Bronze plaque commemorates feminist Annette Bear who helped to educate women for public work. She constantly addressed W.C.T.U. and suffrage meetings and also encouraged women to gain election to school boards of advice. She helped to obtain amendments to legislation affecting women, including the raising of the age of consent to sixteen, and the appointment of women as factory inspectors and to the Benevolent Asylum Committee.
She also saw the need for police matrons and women to administer the Infant Life Protection Act (1890), and was one of the first members of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children and of the Victorian Vigilance Society. She was undoubtedly a stimulus and inspiration to Victorian feminists of the time. Perhaps her most enduring achievement was the foundation in Melbourne of the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women, which grew out of her concern for the welfare of unmarried mothers and their children; she organized the successful Queen`s Willing Shilling fund in 1897 to launch the scheme but did not live to see the hospital opened.
|Address:||677 Punt Road, Christ Church, South Yarra, 3141|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.838647|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1902|