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Goldstein, Vida (1869 - 1949)

Born
1869
Portland, Victoria, Australia
Died
15 August 1949
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Feminist and Suffragist

Summary

Vida Goldstein ran for the Australian Senate in 1903. Though she was not elected, she was the first woman to be nominated for the Australian Parliament.

Details

One of five children, Vida Goldstein was educated at Presbyterian Ladies College in Melbourne. As a young woman, she worked with her mother in the anti-sweating movement and developed an anti-capitalist perspective. Later, she became involved in the suffrage movement. She was a paid organiser for the United Council for Women's Suffrage, and she founded the Women's Political Association. From 1900 to 1905 she produced and edited a monthly feminist journal, Woman's Sphere. When the International Women's Suffrage Alliance was formed, Goldstein was elected as corresponding secretary. She helped to found the National Council of Women, and was the Delegate from Australia and New Zealand to the International Woman Suffrage Conference in Washington D.C. in 1902.

Vida Goldstein was nominated by the Women's Federal Political Association as a candidate for the Senate in 1903. She became the subject of heated controversy, stating her policies in feminist terms. Goldstein polled 51,497 votes but was not elected. A further four attempts before 1917 were also unsuccessful. After the award of state suffrage in 1908, Goldstein launched a new journal, Woman Voter. In 1915, she founded the Women's Peace Army alongside Cecilia John, Adela Pankhurst and Jennie Baines.

Sources used to compile this entry: Brownfoot, Janice N., 'Goldstein, Vida Jane Mary (1869-1949)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090042b.htm; http://www.nla.gov.au/guides/federation/people/goldstein.html; Heather Radi (ed.), 200 Australian Women (1988).

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Archival resources

National Gallery of Australia Research Library

  • Collection of newspaper cuttings relating to her (Vida Goldstein's) candidature for the Federal Senate in 1903, 1903, N+ 324.3 GOL; National Gallery of Australia Research Library. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Collections held by the Fawcett Library relating to Australia and New Zealand., 1858 - 1967, Mfm M2291-2314; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Industrial Workers of the World Correspondence [manuscript], 1897 - 1919, MS 3516; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Letter from Corbett Ashley to a Mr White re Vida Goldstein, 1944 - 1968, MS 907; Papers of Lorna Rudduck.; Ashley, Corbett; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Papers of Leslie Moira Henderson, 1880 - 1961, MS 1444; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Papers of Ruby Rich, 1943 - 1948, MS 2260; Rich, Ruby (1888 - 1988); National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Papers of various Australian women, MS 842; Rapke, Julia; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Ruby Rich Papers, 1943 - 1948, NLA MS 2260; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Vida Goldstein 1869-1949., 1966, MS 1637; Henderson, Leslie; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Vida Goldstein correspondence, 1908, MS 590; Papers of Baron Henry Stafford Northcote; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details
  • Vida Goldstein Correspondence, MS 3516; Correspondence of the Industrial Workers of the World; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

  • Biographical cuttings on Vida Goldstein, BIOG; National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room. Details

National Library of Australia, Reading Room

  • Scheme of proposed Women's Rural Industries Co., UApam 816; National Library of Australia, Reading Room. Details

Public Record Office Victoria

  • Women's Suffrage Petition (Monster Petition), 1891, VPRS 3253/P0, Unit 851; Public Record Office Victoria. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • The Goldstein chronicle, c. 1950 - c. 1973; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Letters : England, to Henry Hyde Champion and Elsie Belle Champion, Melbourne., 1908 - 1949; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Letters, diaries and lectures, 1902 - 1919; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details
  • Press cuttings book presented to Edith How Martyn., 1943; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

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