When Governor Glasgow signed the Electoral Bill on 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing nation in the world where women had won the right to vote. The Bill was the outcome of years of meetings in towns and cities across the country, with women often travelling considerable distances to hear lectures and speeches, pass resolutions and sign petitions. A number of petitions were presented to both Houses of Parliament from the early 1880s till 1893. Only two of these historically important documents are known to have survived and both are preserved at Archives New Zealand.
The 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition [Archives Ref:Le1 1893/7a] and this dataset contains the signatories given names/title, surname, given address, city/region and a notes field which for example may name a witness for those who signed as X because they were illiterate.