Great Petition Sculpture

Burston Reserve, East Melbourne 3002

The sculpture refers to the “Monster Petition” calling for women to be granted the right to vote, which was signed by 30,000 Victorian women over a period of six weeks in 1891.

The petition was tabled in Parliament in September 1891 but the ensuing Women’s Franchise Bill was rejected by the Upper House. It was another 19 years before the Adult Suffrage Bill was passed by the Victorian government, however the petition is considered an important point in the state’s suffrage campaign.

The sculpture was designed by Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee and unveiled on 3 December 2008 to commemorate the centenary of women’s suffrage in Victoria.

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