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Vida Goldstein
Vida Goldstein

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson

A seat commemorates Vida Goldstein, a Victorian social reformer (1869-1949) who was born in Portland.

Introduced into the fight for women`s suffrage by her mother, Vida Goldstein took an early interest in politics. In 1903, as an Independent, she became the first woman in the British Empire to stand for election to a national parliament. Her bid for a Senate seat failed, but she continued to fight for women`s suffrage, women`s rights and social justice. Goldstein was a speaker, writer and campaigner.

Throughout the World War One she was an ardent pacifist, became chairman of the Peace Alliance and formed the Women`s Peace Army. She recruited Adela Pankhurst, recently arrived from England as an organiser. Pankhurst wrote "Put up the Sword" and was gaoled for her radical activities. After the war Vida took an increasing interest in international matters. She advocated disarmament and the pursuit of better living standards.

Although she often proposed simple solutions to complex problems, she was recognised as a born reformer, and as a devoted and courageous woman.



Address:Cliff Street, Shire Offices, Portland, 3305
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.351769
Long: 141.608111
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Seat
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Carmel Wallace


Actual Monument Dedication Date:2007
Inscription in Proximity

Victorian Women Vote 1908 - 2008

Vida Goldstein born Portland 1869 gifted HBRC 2008

Artist Carmel Wallace

Source: MA
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