• Public art

The Great Petition

Burston Reserve, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

The 20th century was a time of massive and rapid social upheaval – one of the biggest changes was voting rights for women. In 2008, artists Susan Hewitt and Penelope Lee unveiled The Great Petition to mark 100 years of women's suffrage in Victoria. This sculpture, made from rolled steel, seems to emerge from the ground and spill out across Burston Reserve like an unravelling ream of paper. The work represents a petition of 30,000 names presented to parliament in the late 1800s to demonstrate public support for giving women the vote. It took time, but in 1901 Australia became the first nation in the world to give women both the right to vote and the right to stand for Parliament.

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Burston Reserve, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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