Polling Places, Māori Electorates, 1893
28 November 1893 is celebrated as the day that New Zealand women first went to the polls, exercising their legal right to vote in parliamentary elections. However, most Māori women were not able to vote until 20 December 1893.
The image above lists the appointed polling booths for the 1893 parliamentary elections in the Māori electorates, where some of the first votes for Māori women would have been cast.
Title: From: Governor, Wellington Date: 14 November 1893 Subject: Appointing Returning Officers, Writs for Maori Elections, Appointing Polling Places (Maori Electorates)
Archives reference: ACGO 8333 IA1 Box 652 /  1893/4159
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