Kate Sheppard National Memorial – The women’s suffrage monument in Christchurch

Is New Zealand’s first memorial to the women’s suffrage campaign, and particularly honors the life of one of the country’s leading campaigners for women’s suffrage, Kate Sheppard. The monument was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the women’s vote in New Zealand in 1993 and designed by artist Margriet Windhausen.

The women featured in the sculpture are Helen: Nicol, Kate Sheppard, Ada Wells, Harriet Morison, Meri Mangakāhia and Amey Daldy. The group of women are depicted carrying their petition for women’s suffrage to Parliament in a wooden cart / Image source

Kate Sheppard National Memorial is a stone aggregate wall, with a life size bronze relief sculpture of Sheppard and five other women’s suffrage leaders. Panels on either side of the sculpture depict scenes of everyday women’s lives at the end of the nineteenth century, and carry text describing the struggle for women’s suffrage. The whole structure is approximately 5 meters wide and 2 meters tall.

Kate Sheppard was the most prominent member of the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand and the country’s most famous suffragist 

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