By 1911 New Zealand women had voting rights for nearly two decades, while their UK sisters still battled for their rights and a voice. The Women's Freedom League incited members with its Manifesto to " … oppose, hamper, destroy if possible, the power of an unrepresentative Government to govern women, refuse to be taxed, boycott the Census, refuse all official information until women have won that which is their absolute right – the right of a voice and vote."
|Women and the vote, 1914.|
Sir George Grey Special Collections,
Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19140416-48-6
Evaders such as Louisa Burnham defiantly wrote the words "No vote, no census. If I am intelligent enough to fill in this census form I can surely make a X on a ballot paper" across the schedule.
|1911 Census of England,|
RG 14/152 [Ancestry]
Women and the vote : a world history by Jad Adams, 2014.
Vanishing for the vote : suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census by Jill Liddington, 2014.
Central Auckland Research Centre