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Race to the Polls

Race to the Polls

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  • Sat 24 Nov ’18, 10:00am – 11:00am


Greymouth CBD, Albert St, Mackay St and Town Square, Grey


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Members of the public are cordially invited to assemble outside Greymouth District Library in period costume or the wearing of purple, white and green sashes for Greymouth's Suffrage 125 Celebrations on Saturday 24th November.

At 10am Annie Malloy, John Paul 2 Head Girl and Kate Campbell, Greymouth High School Head Girl, will jointly plant a Kate Sheppard camellia. This will be followed by an organised march down the Mackay Street footpath, crossing over to Tainui Street's Town Square for a Suffrage 125 welcome address and the re enactment of the 1893 'Race to the Polling Booth'.

Descendants of the early pioneer groups, such as the Christian Temperance Union and National Council of Women will lead the march. Banners and flags are welcome, as are representations from other groups such as YWCA, CWI, WDFF etc.

After the welcome address in the Town Square the re enactment race between the descendants of Mrs McPherson and Mrs Benyon will take place, presentations to the best dressed spectators, followed by a Suffrage 125 group photo.

At 11am a further event 'Celebrating our region's pioneer women' will be held at the Greymouth Regent Theatre at $20pp. Tickets can be pre-purchased from the Theatre.

For further information contact: Organising Committee Suffrage 125 Celebrations Greymouth 1893westcoast@gmail.com

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