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Suffrage Centennial Year photos presented to Nelson Museum

International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March) will see approximately 500 photographs taken throughout the 1993 Suffrage Centennial Year handed over to the Nelson Provincial Museum.

Gail Collingwood past convenor of the Regional Suffrage Centennial Committee during Suffrage Year said the photos had been in storage for 25 years waiting for the people to be named.

“As many as possible of the people in the photos are now identified and all the photos are now protected for the future using acid free paper and pockets.”

The Suffrage Committee decided at their final meeting back in 1994 the museum was the ideal place for the photographic collection as they provide a unique visual record of the centennial celebrations in the region.

“I am delighted with the end result especially the community support including our community paper, The Leader, which printed five photos with fantastic results," Collingwood said, “since last September many women have been named through networking, local media and social media sparking discussion and debate, re-kindling memories and friendships.”

The photos will be handed over at 10 .30am on Thursday 8 March, at the photographic storage facility at the Isle Museum, by Suffrage Centennial Committee members along with Dame Alison Roxburgh, the Deputy Chair 1993 Suffrage Centennial Year Trust.

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