1st Edition

Australian Women's Justice Settler Colonisation and the Queensland Vote

By Deborah Jordan Copyright 2024
    240 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how women spearheaded the democratic suffrage campaign in colonial Queensland engaging with international debates on women’s activism, leadership, advocacy, print culture, and social movements.

    Australian Women's Justice provides a nuanced reading of the diversity and differences of the women’s movement in Queensland, from the time of first white colonisation, federation to World War 1 by new research on key women’s organisations: notably the Women’s Equal Franchise Association and the Women’s Peace Army. Framed through the lives of women suffrage participants, including their encounters with First Nations women, it also looks beyond microhistory to explore broader themes of the intersection of race, gender, property, war, and empire in the colonial context. Campaigns for enfranchisement and property rights and against conscription connect this story with larger international movements for women and labour, and organisations such as the League of Nations.

    This book will be of interest to students and researchers of Australian feminism and suffragism, as well as historians of feminist, labour, and peace movements both in Australia and internationally.

    Introduction 1. Repulsion of the Sexes and the Women’s Suffrage League, 1889. 2. When the Men are Asked to Leave, 1894 3. The Question of Property 4. Queensland Women’s Suffrage Petitions 1894, 1897 5. Labour’s Leadership of the Campaign for Justice to 1903 6. Women’s Franchise League, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Federal Vote. 7. Hatpins and Fairs, feminist print culture, 1905 to 1915 8. Peace Angel and the Mother of Labour 9. Suffragette: Adela Pankhurst in Queensland, 1916 10. Do Not Vote for Slavery: Anti-Conscription Campaigns: 1916, 1917 11. Shattering of Women’s leadership: 1918 12. Battalions of Mercy: Red Cross and the Armistice, 1918. 13. ‘Permanent Peace’: The League of Nations.


    Deborah Jordan, Research Fellow, in History at Monash (adjunct) and Griffith University; Petherick Reader, National Library of Australia; and award-winning professional historian; specialises in research on women at the intersection of history, literature, and environment, addressing issues of gender, race and class. She has recently completed a selection of the love letters of the writers Nettie and Vance Palmer 1909-1914, and she was the lead researcher on climate change narratives for Australian Literature Online database at the University of Queensland.