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Commonwealth of Australia "Trust the women Mother as I have done." / Dora Meeson,1869-1955
Bib ID 8152968
Format PicturePicture [still image, text, sheet]
Meeson, Dora, 1869-1955
Description [Canberra] : Australian Parliament House, 2019 
1 poster : colour ; 59.4 x 39 cm 

Print featuring the Australian women's suffrage banner which shows Britannia, standing left, with her trident, being appealed to by a younger woman with the shield of the first Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms draped on her left hip. Oil paint on green hessian ground.


"Dora Meeson was born on 7 August 1869 at Hawthorn, Melbourne, daughter of John Thomas Meeson, schoolmaster, later barrister, and his wife Amelia, née Kipling, and grew up in New Zealand. A student at the Melbourne National Gallery School, and later the Slade School, London, Dora studied in Paris under Benjamin Constant and Laurens. [She married George James Coates (1869-1930) in 1903]. Coates and Meeson established themselves in Chelsea where they became members of an extensive circle of Australian expatriate artists. Meeson had the distinction of being the first Australian woman artist elected a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Meeson is best known for her many fine impressions of the River Thames, a number of which were acquired after 1945 by the Port of London Authority."---Australian Dictionary of Biographywebsite, viewed 4 April 2017,

"Dora Meeson’s stunning Banner, Trust the Women, Mother, As I Have Done, highlights the tardiness of the British Parliament in enfranchising women in comparison to NSW. However, it does not mention how quickly English women, once enfranchised, were elected to the House of Commons, in contrast to NSW. Meeson, an Australian expatriate artist and member of the British Artists’ Suffrage League, carried her banner at the head of the contingent of Australian and New Zealand Suffragists in the Women’s Suffrage Coronation Procession in London in 1911. It was returned as a gift to Australian women in 1988 and, in 2003, reproduced on the Australian one dollar coin."--Australian Women’s History Network website, viewed 4 April 2017,


Caption title.

Title on reverse: The women's suffrage banner: Trust the women ...

Subjects Banners -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Women -- Suffrage -- Australia -- Posters.  |  Demonstrations -- England -- London -- Posters.
Other authors/contributors Parliament House (Canberra, A.C.T.), issuing body
Also Titled

Women's suffrage banner Trust the women

Australian women's suffrage banner.

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