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Fanny Finch takes a stand

Tess McLaughlin
Tess McLaughlan
Ana-Maria Traian
Ana-Maria Traian
Castlemaine, 1862. Wood engraving by Cuthbert (Ismir)
Castlemaine, 1862. Wood engraving by Cuthbert (Ismir)

About the episode

As surprising as it may seem, it was only in 1908 that women were given the right to vote in Victoria (and Indigenous women weren’t granted the right to vote until the 1950s). Before that, women had no say in how their state was run and they couldn't stand for office, so they fought for change for decades. But not everyone waited for the law to change – Fanny Finch, an immigrant of African descent from London who made ends meet despite her difficult marriage, decided to take matters into her own hands and voted anyway.  

In this episode, Ana-Maria Traian, one of the librarians at State Library Victoria, joins us to share the story of Fanny and her remarkable life. Ana wrote a fantastic blog about Fanny on the Library website, and in today’s episode, she’ll explore the story behind what led Fanny Finch to take a stand.

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