September 24, 2018

In the mid 1800's Mary Ann Mueller had to disguise her name from her husband when she wrote articles on women's rights for the Nelson Examiner hiding her identity.  Her name was 'Fèmmina'.

September 19, 2018

On the 18th May 1893 the Speaker of the lower house of the Kotahitanga parliament introduced a motion from Meri Māngakahia, requesting the women be given the right to participate in the selection of members.  It was suggested that she come into the house to explain her...

September 5, 2018

Catherine Wilson Sheppard was New Zealand's most prominent member of women's suffrage.

Through her work of writing and public speaking she contributed to the cause very successfully which led to the culmination of 30,000 signatures calling for women's suffrage to be pre...

July 1, 2018

Bay of Plenty Writing Competition
Pioneering women captured many aspects of life on film and in the press during the last decades of the 19th century and the early 20th century.


The Western Bay Museum challenges you to write your own story capturing a moment of struggl...

October 24, 2017

 The Western Bay Museum is very pleased to announce a concert of Handel's Messiah, performed by the University of Waikato.

1784 was the 25th anniversary of the death of the celebrated opera oratorio composer, George Frederick Handel. London had embraced the German-born...

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Local Women - Mary Ellen Freeth - 1847 - 1929

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