Jessie Rooke Bust at Makers’ Workshop in Burnie, Australia - Encircle Photos

3 Jessie Rooke Bust at Makers’ Workshop in Burnie, Australia

This papier-mâché bust by Pam Thorne and Ruth Rees is one of several historical figures displayed in showcases at Makers’ Workshop. Meet Jessie Spink Rooke. This Londoner came to the area in the 1890s and quickly became a leader in social reform, especially as an advocate for women’s equality and the right to vote. While president of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Tasmania, she campaigned vigorously in towns across the island. The suffragette’s tireless efforts were successful. In 1902, women were allowed to vote in federal elections. This right was extended to the state level the following year.

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2 Bass Hwy, Burnie TAS 7320, Australia

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