‘…The greatest constitutional reform…’

This letter was addressed to Elizabeth Webb Nicholls, President of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of South Australia, from Charles Cameron Kingston, who was the Premier of South Australia. It was sent after the passage of the Adult Suffrage Bill 1894 that enabled women in South Australia to vote in parliamentary elections. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was one of the many groups that supported suffrage, and campaigned alongside the Women’s Suffrage League.

Kingston writes ‘They [ministers] regard the passing of the Adult Suffrage Bill as the greatest constitutional reform ever effected in South Australia…’

State Library of South Australia SRG186/748