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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, 2004

A Drop of Absence
Remembrance is a form of meeting.Forgetfulness is a form of freedom.Kahlil GibranIt was a quarter-to-seven in the morning. A light drizzle tapped insistently at the windows while the wind whispered and sighed, beckoning lighter sleepers to leave their...
A Family Fable
It started innocuously enough. A new party that called itself the Future Family Party. They said they were not against anything. They were simply for the family. They were for marriage, for children, for suburbs, for the family car, for family outings...
Caste-Ing the Vote: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voting Rights in Queensland
In early 1947 Prime Minister Chifley requested all State Premiers to send, as soon as possible, a summary statement of the legal and civil status of Aborigines in their respective states because 'during the past few months overseas countries have evinced...
Editorial
This issue of Hecate includes a special Focus section on the struggle for women's suffrage in Australia and, in particular, women's gaining the vote in the Queensland State parliament in 1905.Australian women (mainly those considered to be white) obtained...
Footprints
For Molly Craig, who died January 16, 2004, aged 87. In 1931 she escaped with her younger sister and cousin from a mission station where they had been taken after forcible removal from their families, and trekked through 1,600 kilometres of semi-desert,...
Holiday Position, in Drapery Circa 1955
In early morning flurry an old buildingreleases aromas, banknote new. Soft thudssound repeatedly from a bolt unwinding.No need for an alligator grip when a nipat the selvedge allows scissors to slide.Rickrack and ribbon work wondersoriginality is prized,...
Hybridity in the Representations of the Female Body in the New Literatures of Kanaky/New Caledonia
In what forms do female subjectivity and agency appear in the representations of women in Kanak oral literature? Can one speak of Beauvoirian transcendence (consciousness and choice) in the writing of Kanak women? Or does this depend on who is speaking...
One-Woman-One-Vote: Annie Lane, 'Lucinda Sharpe' and the Female Franchise in Late-Nineteenth Century Queensland
You see a canvasser called at our house the other day and affectionately inquired after Mr Sharpe. Mr Sharpe was out, but Mrs Sharpe was at home, whereupon my canvasser... proceeded to endeavour to find out from me which way the nominal holder of our...
Only a Woman
'The world was made for man, but only the one-twelfth part of the man was made for women,' says the old physician, Sir Thomas Browne. 'If the lion had made the monument, things might have shown the other way around/growled the lion to his mate as the...
On the Way to Thursday
Under the table there is carpet, and peanut husks and sprinklings of salt. There is Therese, and Annie as well. Therese with cuffed sleeves and a lace skirt that is bunched at her ankles, kissing Annie in a summer dress. This past hour they have been...
Persephone Is Pissed! Grrrl Zine Reading, Making, and Distributing across the Globe
A growing number of young women and queer and transgender youth from around the world are finding an empowering outlet for artistic expression and social and political criticism in the medium of zines. In the United States, Great Britain and, to a lesser...
Single Cell
My friend suggested I come toThinkers Anonymous. 'You've got athinking problem,' she said. 'I see youout, I see you in. You're alwaysthinking about something,' shesaid. 'You think too much.'The bargirl who invites herselfhome says, 'You know what yourproblem...
Sometimes I Have a Craving
'sometimes I have a craving to be engulfed. This morning ... the weather is mild, overcast. I am suffering.'1iI woke early and drifted back into sleep. I dreamt that I woke again, beside you, not knowing how. Everything was drenched in gold light, honeyed,...
Suffragette
In solidarity with working class suffragettes, Lady Constance Lytton, daughter of the first Viceroy of India, went to prison disguised as a seamstress, Jane Warton. This, her third imprisonment, took place in Liverpool, England January 1910. Her book,...
The Bonds of Friendship: The Demise of 'M. Barnard Eldershaw'
In March 1934 Nettie Palmer caught Marjorie Barnard off-balance when she wrote asking whether Barnard was 'powerful enough'1 to keep up with her collaborator, Flora Eldershaw. As Palmer was later to record in Fourteen Years, after corresponding with...
'There Is No Question More Perplexing at the Present Time and More Frequently Discussed Than Women's Place in Society': Léontine Cooper and the Queensland Suffrage Movement, 1888-1903
Léontine Cooper firmly believed that 'till women have a political vote...no real amelioration of their position can take place'.1 Short-story writer, journalist, teacher and bi-lingual scholar, she was Queensland's most significant writer addressing...
The Struggle for Women's Suffrage in Queensland
IntroductionSeveral failed attempts were made to extend the franchise to women in Queensland between 1890 and 1904' before success was finally achieved by the passing of the Elections Acts Amendment Act in early 1905. They must be seen in the context...
When East Meets West
This was no journey in the traditional sense of the word. She didn't shoot through clear out pack her bags go bush or back of Bourke. She didn't escape make a getaway hightail it or skedaddle. This was not a pilgrimage or a quest. She went to meet no...
Writing from the Contact Zone: Fiction by Early Queensland Women
In her memoir, My Australian Girlhood (1902), the Queenslandborn colonial novelist Rosa Praed claims to speak for a voiceless and vanishing - people:[W]ho cares now about the joys and sorrows, rights and wrongs of savages who cumber the earth no more!...
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