Friday flowers: Kate Sheppard camellia

Close-u shot.Camellia Japonica "Kate Sheppard." Seen in the grounds of the NZ Parliament, Wellington.  Image: Su Leslie, 2016

Camellia Japonica “Kate Sheppard.” Seen in the grounds of the NZ Parliament, Wellington. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

In November 1893, New Zealand became the first country the first in the world to grant women the vote.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of this event, women MPs planted white camellias — the flower used to symbolise support for women’s suffrage — in the grounds of Parliament House. The specific camellia planted is called “Kate Sheppard“, after the our most famous suffragette.

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20 thoughts on “Friday flowers: Kate Sheppard camellia

  1. You know how insular it can be, but I never knew that New Zealand was the first to pass suffrage and give women the vote. I read up about Kate Sheppard and wondered whether I would have been involved in seeking such rights had I been born in that era. I suspect not. I simply am not that motivated to leave my small sphere of influence. What a good thing Kate Sheppard was a different sort of woman.

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    • The suffragettes were incredible women. I’ve read a bit about the British ones, and the terrible conditions they endured when they were I prisoner. I am not sure I would have been prepared to risk that. I do protest, and am fairly active politically, but am more risk-averse as I get older.

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