September 19, 2013

Suffrage Week and Pink Camellias

This morning, while I was enthralled by the spectacle of NZ heading for a win in the 11th race in the America's Cup, some nice girls came round and gave me a Pink Camellia to celebrate it at work. They took a photo ( wonder where that will show up!)  and headed off -  it has been a splash of colour on my desk all day.

I see someone else from work also blogged about it

Today around campus you might see people wearing a pink camelia, one of which has just been handed out to me.
It is signifying that today in history 120 years ago on 19 September 1893,  women in New Zealand were given the right to vote. New Zealand History Net  also provides a summary of this significant event.
Go and have a look at the interesting info on it on her post :)

120 years of the vote. Times have changed....

I was fascinated to be asked to do make up for a play, Female Transport, to celebrate Suffrage week when we lived in Whangarei. I had to make it look as if one of the convicts had been lashed in the interval and had a lot of fun getting the fake blood to just the right consistency to drip down her back.... to be honest after the last six months and the revelations it has brought to our lives, thinking about that image has lost its appeal, but, it was an interesting challenge, a real play and an interesting cast!  I see it is still being performed!
FOUL-MOUTHED women convicts being deported to Australia on a prison ship will turn the air blue at Whitstable's Playhouse Theatre.
Producers have warned that the stark, hard-hitting drama Female Transport will be the most controversial play yet to be staged in the converted church.

Read more:
This stark, hard hitting drama is an account of the political education of six women convicted of petty crimes in 19th century London and sentence to be transported to a life of hard labor in Britain's overseas penal colony (present day Australia). During the six month voyage they are kept in a cramped cell below deck where they learn certain truths about society. Foremost among these is they have been condemned due to the bias of a male dominated class system, represented in the play by the crew of the prison ship. Their consciousness raising is powerfully and sympathetically portrayed; at the end of their journey they have grown into a unified bunch of hardened fighters.

Happy Suffrage Week :)


  1. Happy Suffrage Week. Proud to be Kiwi.

  2. There are still so many places in the world which are nowhere near as enlightened as New Zealand. In fact some are hardly different to 19c Britain in their attitude to women.

  3. I echo Graham's comment there.

    The theatre drama reminds me of a book I read some time ago and reviewed on my blog:


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