Ceremony marks 110th anniversary of women’s suffrage
15 September 2003
Christchurch will celebrate the 110th anniversary of New Zealand women
being granted the right to vote, with a ceremony at the Kate Sheppard Memorial
on Friday 19 September.
Members of the public are invited to attend the event which will
be held between 12noon and 1.30pm at the Memorial, beside the Our
City building (cnr Worcester Boulevard and Oxford Tce)
Sometimes referred to as White Camellia Day, this anniversary is
a chance for women of all ages and backgrounds to show their appreciation
for the work of the suffragists led by Christchurch woman Kate
The ‘Te Ropu Kapahaka o’ performance group from Villa Maria
College will be opening this year’s celebrations. There will
also be performances by a Rangiora High School vocal duet and the Burnside
High School Barbershop Quartet –‘Once More With Feeling’.
In soap-box style, members of the public will be invited to show
their thanks and support for women’s suffrage by saying a few words
over a microphone; reciting a poem; or singing a song. Everyone present
on Friday will also have the opportunity to place a camellia or spring flower
on the memorial, in memory of those who have gone before, or as a wish for
now or the future.
The Christchurch City Council is assisting The Women’s Suffrage Day
Group with organising the memorial event.
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