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23/08/2018 9:30 a.m.
Thursday 23 August, 2018
An overwhelming response to Ashburton's Suffrage 125 community celebrations happening on 18 September has forced local organisers to take the event to a larger venue.
The free event, which will celebrate the 125th anniversary of women gaining the vote in New Zealand, was tipped to be held at the Ashburton Museum next month, however celebrations will now take place at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre.
Museum Director speaking on behalf of the organising committee, Tanya Robinson says, "Community interest in the event has been absolutely fantastic. We are thrilled with the overwhelming response of people wishing to attend and commemorate such an important milestone in our country's history.
"Women and men from throughout Mid-Canterbury were at the forefront of championing suffrage, and it's fitting that so many people would wish to take part in commemorating the occasion. We look forward to people from all walks of life celebrating with us on 18 September, and with a larger venue now secured, even more people will be able to join us."
The event will feature guest speaker, Judith Sutherland, the Chair of Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust Advisory Committee.
The organising committee behind Suffrage 125 includes representatives from the Ashburton District Council, Age Concern, Country Lions, Inner Wheel, Mid Canterbury Rural Women, Mid Canterbury Federation of Women's Institute, and Zonta Club of Ashburton.
The free event will take place on Tuesday 18 September - the evening before suffrage is officially marked, from 5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Ashburton Trust Event Centre, 211 Wills Street, Ashburton.
Booking is essential for catering purposes. To book your attendance, contact the Museum on 03 307 7890.