Women's Political Association of Victoria. (1903-1919)

Also known as
Women's Federal Political Association. (1903-1919)
Function
Social action organisation
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-720063

Biographies

The Women's Federal Political Association, the foreunner of the Women's Political Association, was established in 1903, with Vida Goldstein as president, to educate women in political matters. Men were not excluded from membership. In March 1904 it changed its name to the Women's Political Association of Victoria with the aim of organising more efficiently women's votes in the interests of the home and children, of efficient government at all levels, and of improved social and industrial conditions. In an attempt to challenge the party ticket system, the WPA declared itself to be non party political and refused to affiliate with any political party, although its sympathies lay with the Australian Labor Party. Goldstein believed that party politics subsumed the interests of women. The WPA supported Goldstein in her attempts to be elected to the federal parliament and adopted a pacifist stance in World War One. It disbanded in 1919 when Goldstein travelled overseas.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Women's Political Association of Victoria
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Enthusiasms of Adela Pankhurst Walsh
    Damousi, Joy
    [1993]
    Series: IspartOf Australian Historical Studies
  3. Feminists, labour women and venereal disease in early twentieth century Melbourne
    Smart, Judith
    [1992]
    Series: IspartOf Australian Feminist Studies
  4. The Great War and the 'scarlet scourge': Debates about venereal diseases in Melbourne during World War 1
    Smart, Judith
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Monash Publications in History, Dept. of History, Monash Universit
    Series: IspartOf An ANZAC Muster: War and Society in Australia and New Zealand 1914-18 and 1939-45: Selected PapersJudith Smart and Tony Wood
  5. The Woman Voter
    Goldstein, Vida
    [1909-1919]
  6. Women's Political Association (1903-1919): a study in militant feminism.
    Nicholls, Michelle
    [Melbourne]
    Published: La Trobe University
  7. Jennie Baines: Suffrage and an Australian Connection
    Smart, Judith
    [London/New York]
    Published: Routledge
    Series: IspartOf Votes for WomenJune Purvis and Sandra Stanley Holton
  8. The lady politician: Vida Goldstein's first Senate campaign
    Bomford, Janette
    [Sydney]
    Published: Hale and Iremonger
    Series: IspartOf A Woman's Constitution? Gender and History in the Australian CommonwealthIrving, Helen
  9. The Goldstein Story
    Henderson, Leslie M. (Leslie Moira)
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Stockland Press
  10. The role of certain women and women's organisations in politics in New South Wales and Victoria between 1900 and 1920.
    Cookson, Rachel
    [Sydney]
    Published: University of Sydney
  11. Women in protest movements: the Women's Peace Army and the Save Our Sons Movement.
    Francis, Rosemary
    [Melbourne]
    Published: The University of Melbourne
  12. Radical Melbourne : a secret history
    Sparrow, Jeff and Sparrow, Jill
    [Carlton North, Vic.]
    Published: the vulgar press
  13. That dangerous and persuasive woman: Vida Goldstein
    Bomford, Janette M.
    [Carlton, Vic.]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  14. Industrial Workers of the World Correspondence [manuscript]
    [1897 - 1919]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    The I.W.W. was a socialist industrial group formed in Chicago in 1905 which aimed to unite all workers into one industrial union, abolishing craft lines, wages and the employer. The correspondence consists of reports from unions and other labor organisations to J. F. Neill, A. J. Edwards, H. J. Hawkins, and George Waite of the I.W.W. Club, Sydney. There is also some general non-I.W.W. correspondence, including letters to/from Frank Anstey, F. G. Tudor, Tom Mann, W. M. Hughes, Robert Hogg, Henry Dobson, Tom Baker, Harry Cook, Josiah Thomas, J. Sinclair, J. W. Bilson, J. C. Watson, W. G. Higgs, Ben Willett, Charles M. Barlow, Tom Tunnecliffe, F. J. Riley, John Barnes, H. Scott Bennett, J. R. Wilson, and E. J. Holloway. A further set of correspondence written to R. S. Ross and the Victorian Socialist Party, includes letters from C. J. Cough, Maurice Blackburn, W. Maloney, James Mathews, John Mullan, Frank Brennan, "Jack" Curtin, Charles Gray, Cecilia John, Vida Goldstein, and Albert Blakey. The organisations represented in the correspondence include the Sydney Labor Council, the Russian Association, Qld., the Trades Hall Council, Melb., the Women's Political Association of Victoria, the Australian Peace Alliance, the Socialist Federation of Australia, the International Socialist Club, and several anti-conscription groups
    MS 3516
  15. Collection of newspaper cuttings relating to her (Vida Goldstein's) candidature for the Federal Senate in 1903
    [88 pages : 1903]
    Series: National Gallery of Australia Research Library
    N+ 324.3 GOL
  16. Biographical cuttings on Vida Goldstein
    Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room
    BIOG
  17. Letters, diaries and lectures
    [1902 - 1919]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
  18. Press cuttings book presented to Edith How Martyn.
    [1943]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    Press cuttings book "presented to Edith How Martyn for Women's Service Library, London, by Vida Goldstein, Melbourne Australia 1943."
  19. The Goldstein chronicle
    [0.01 m, 168 pages : c. 1950 - c. 1973]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    History of the Goldstein family, comprising twelve chapters: A very rising settlement; The young man goes west; The Hawkins family; J. R. Y. Goldstein; The Leongatha Labour Colony; Vida Goldstein and the women's suffrage movement; Vida's electoral campaigns and social work; H. H. Champion's "nnconventional autobiography"; H. H. Champion in Australia: the maritime strike; H. H. Champion: adventures in journalism; H. H. Champion and Bernard Shaw; Elsie Champion and the Book Lovers' Library. Created by Leslie M. Henderson.
  20. Vida Goldstein 1869-1949.
    [0.01 m : 1966]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Biographical notes by her niece. Two copies both signed, one dated 19 Jan. 1966, the other 27 Jan. 1966.
    MS 1637
  21. Papers of Leslie Moira Henderson
    [0.01 m : 1880 - 1961]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Copies of photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1945 of Vida Goldstein 1949-1961, including an obituary and a personal impression by L. M. Henderson and a transcript of a radio talk by Margaret Clarke.
    MS 1444
  22. Vida Goldstein Correspondence
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Created by Industrial Workers of the World. The correspondence consists of reports from unions and other labor organisations to J. F. Neill, A. J. Edwards, H. J. Hawkins, and George Waite of the I.W.W. Club, Sydney. There is also some general non-I.W.W. correspondence, including letters to/from Frank Anstey, F. G. Tudor, Tom Mann, W. M. Hughes, Robert Hogg, Henry Dobson, Tom Baker, Harry Cook, Josiah Thomas, J. Sinclair, J. W. Bilson, J. C. Watson, W. G. Higgs, Ben Willett, Charles M. Barlow, Tom Tunnecliffe, F. J. Riley, John Barnes, H. Scott Bennett, J. R. Wilson, and E. J. Holloway. A further set of correspondence written to R. S. Ross and the Victorian Socialist Party, includes letters from C. J. Cough, Maurice Blackburn, W. Maloney, James Mathews, John Mullan, Frank Brennan, "Jack" Curtin, Charles Gray, Cecilia John, Vida Goldstein, and Albert Blakey. The organisations represented in the correspondence include the Sydney Labor Council, the Russian Association, Qld., the Trades Hall Council, Melb., the Women's Political Association of Victoria, the Australian Peace Alliance, the Socialist Federation of Australia, the International Socialist Club, and several anti-conscription groups.
    MS 3516
  23. Vida Goldstein correspondence
    [0.01 m : 1908]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    I. Copy of letter to Secretary of State for the Colonies asking permission to resign as Gov. Gen., January 1908. Also draft MS document (in handwriting of H.H. Share, Private Secretary) requesting Royal permission to resign. II. Farewell letters, addresses, etc. from individuals and institutions, June-September 1908. Correspondents include Lord Elgin, Senator H. de Largie, Sir John Quick, Vida Goldstein (Women's Political Association of Australia), Britomarte James (Writers' Club) and Ambrose Pratt. Also addresses from various towns. III. Programmes of entertainments, menus, etc. July 1908. Also newscuttings, July 1908, re departure of Lord and Lady Northcote.
    MS 590
  24. Papers of various Australian women
    [267 pages ]
    Series: National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection
    Manuscript drafts of biographical papers on the following: Anderson, Mary (11 p.); Brennan, Jennie (7 p.); Couchman, Dame Elizabeth May Ramsay (13 p.); Deakin's daughters, Brookes and Ivy Deakin; Rivett, Stella (Deakin) Lady; White, Vera (Deakin) Lady (14 p.); Goldstein, Vida (21 p.); Holman, May (16 p.); James, Britomarte (23 p.); Lyons, Dame Enid (17 p.); Rich, Ruby (19 p.); Rischbieth, Bessie Mabel (36 p.); Sweet, Georgina (22 p.); Waterworth, Edith (16 p.); Woinarski, Gertrude Zichy- (10 p.); Young, Jeanne (10 p.).
    MS 842
  25. Letters : England, to Henry Hyde Champion and Elsie Belle Champion, Melbourne.
    [0.02 m : 1908 - 1949]
    Series: State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection
    Created by Shaw, George Bernard, 1856-1950. Henry Hyde Champion, and later his wife, Elsie Belle Champion, were Shaw's Australian theatrical agents. The letters discuss business matters, Shaw's work, old comrades, Vida Goldstein and Walter Murdoch.

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