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Crowdsourcing history: 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition

Crowdsourcing history: 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition

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  • Tue 21 May, 12:10pm – 1:00pm


Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Come and hear about ways you can connect and use the collections at the Library. Talks will be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month until November 2019.

Crowdsourced biographies:
Over 32,000 women from all walks of life signed the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition. But who were these women? And how could their stories be told? This was the problem facing the team who created the He Tohu exhibition and the NZHistory online suffrage database. The answer? Crowdsourced biographies.

With the help of passionate genealogists, librarians, students, historians and more, biographies of those who signed the Women’s Suffrage Petition have been streaming in, filling the gaps and bringing to light many stories in the process.

This talk by staff at Archives New Zealand and Manatū Taonga shares their insights into the crowdsourced biographies, as well as some of the fascinating biographies themselves

About the speakers:
Danielle Ashby-Coventry is the archivist at Archives New Zealand responsible for editing and uploading the biographies to He Tohu, alongside the Research and Publishing Group at Manatū Taonga. Jared Davidson is a Senior Archivist Ohu Hāpori at Archives New Zealand and a curator of He Tohu.

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