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Votes for Women!: The story of Nellie, Rose and Mary

Mark Wilson

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From award-winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson, a stirring story of the women who first won the right to vote in Australia - inspired by real people and historical events

In 1890, Rose Birks and her stepdaughter, Nellie, two strong-willed and determined women, began writing letters and attending meetings to help improve the lives of women and children in their home city of Adelaide. They soon found themselves part of a movement that would change the lives of women everywhere. Through their friendship with the famous female suffragist Mary Lee, they petitioned politicians and lawmakers - and in 1896 they became the first women in Australia to vote in an election. Votes for Women! tells their story.

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Mark Wilson

Acclaimed author/illustrator Mark Wilson's picture books include the war-themed series, MY MOTHER'S EYES: THE STORY OF A BOY SOLDIER (2009), ANGEL OF KOKODA (2010), VIETNAM DIARY (2013) and DIGGER, THE DOG WHO WENT TO WAR (2015). He has also written and illustrated MIGALOO, THE WHITE WHALE (2015), BETH: THE STORY OF A CHILD CONVICT (2016), NEVER LOSE HOPE: THE STORY OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST SCHOOL (2018), EUREKA!: A STORY OF THE GOLDFIELDS (2019), RACHEL'S WAR: THE STORY OF AN AUSTRALIAN WWI NURSE (2020) and the art-themed books BEN & GRACIE'S ART ADVENTURE (2011) and INSIDE THE WORLD OF TOM ROBERTS (2012). His other titles include the Wilderness Society and Whitley Award-winning Extinction series I SAW NOTHING: THE EXTINCTION OF THE THYLACINE; I SAID NOTHING: THE EXTINCTION OF THE PARADISE PARROT and I DID NOTHING: THE EXTINCTION OF THE GASTRIC BROODING FROG and YELLOW-EYE (2002), which also won the Wilderness Society Award. EUREKA! A STORY OF THE GOLDFIELDS was the first children's picture book to be longlisted for the prestigious Colin Roderick Award. Mark lives in Frankston, Victoria.

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