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Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, October

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)...
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...
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...
Sometimes I Have a Craving
'sometimes I have a craving to be engulfed. This morning ... the weather is mild, overcast. I am suffering.' (1) i I woke early and drifted back into sleep. I dreamt that I woke again, beside you, not knowing how. Everything was drenched in gold...
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': Leontine Cooper and the Queensland Suffrage Movement, 1888-1903
Leontine 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
Introduction Several failed attempts were made to extend the franchise to women in Queensland between 1890 and 1904 (1) before success was finally achieved by the passing of the Elections Acts Amendment Act in early 1905. They must be seen in the...
Writing from the Contact Zone: Fiction by Early Queensland Women
In her memoir, My Australian Girlhood (1902), the Queensland--born 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...
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