Hidden women of history: Australia’s first known female voter, the famous Mrs Fanny Finch

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  • In this series, we look at under-acknowledged women through the ages.

On 22 January 1856, an extraordinary event in Australia’s history occurred.

  • Kacey Sinclair
  • The Conversation

It is not part of our collective national identity, nor has it been mythologised over the decades through song, dance, or poetry.

It doesn’t even have a hashtag.

But on this day in the thriving gold rush town of Castlemaine, two women took to the polls and cast their votes in a democratic election.

Two days later, Melbourne newspaper The Argus unwittingly granted one of them posterity, writing “two women voted – one, the…

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