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Women's Political Association of Victoria (1903 - 1919)

From
1903
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
To
1919
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupations
Social action organisation
Alternative Names
  • Women's Federal Political Association (former name, 1903 - 1904)

Summary

The Women's Federal Political Association, the foreunner of the Women's Political Association, was established in 1903, with Vida Goldstein as president, to educate women in political matters. Men were not excluded from membership. In March 1904 it changed its name to the Women's Political Association of Victoria with the aim of organising more efficiently women's votes in the interests of the home and children, of efficient government at all levels, and of improved social and industrial conditions. In an attempt to challenge the party ticket system, the WPA declared itself to be non party political and refused to affiliate with any political party, although its sympathies lay with the Australian Labor Party. Goldstein believed that party politics subsumed the interests of women. The WPA supported Goldstein in her attempts to be elected to the federal parliament and adopted a pacifist stance in World War One. It disbanded in 1919 when Goldstein travelled overseas.

Sources used to compile this entry: Bomford, Janette M., That dangerous and persuasive woman : Vida Goldstein, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic., 1993, 264 pp. pp 53-73..

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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

  • Industrial Workers of the World Correspondence [manuscript], 1897 - 1919, MS 3516; 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 various Australian women, MS 842; Rapke, Julia; 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

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

Rosemary Francis

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