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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Mary Trewren
Name: Trewren, Mary Ann
Also known as: Saunders, Mary Ann
Date of Death: 1942-07-22
Place of Birth: Sandhurst (Vic.)
Date of Birth: 1861-12-17
Place of Death: Adelaide (S.A.)
Occupation: Community Service
Children's Services
Biographical notes: Mary Ann arrived in the Territory with her husband, Reverend Henry Trewren, in April or May of 1895. Mary Ann was involved in church activities and activities for young people in particular while in the Territory. Her husband supported the enfranchisement of women. He and Mary Ann had signed the women’s suffrage petition in 1894 at Templars in South Australia, before they moved north. This petition had more than 11,600 signatures and was presented to Parliament in Adelaide in 1894. Mary gave birth to two children in South Australia, Henry Page Luxton and Laura Matthews. Mary gave birth to another daughter and son while in the Territory. On 3 June 1895 Mary Ann was one of the 82 women who enrolled to vote after the franchise was granted to South Australian and Territory women in 1894. She was 34 when she registered to vote at Palmerston and her occupation was listed as “married woman”. Mary Ann’s ladies' companion, Jeanie Littleton, also enrolled to vote on this same day. Mary Ann left the district of Palmerston in 1898 and moved to South Australia where Henry served as Minister in various areas. Both her and her husband’s names were removed from the electoral roll for that year.
Related link: “House of Assembly : Palmerston Polling place”, Northern Territory Times and Gazette, 30 September 1898, p.4.
“Advertising”, The Advertiser, 23 July 1942, p.8.
State Library of South Australia: Rev. H Trewren.
Related Materials: James, Barbara. Occupation : Citizen. The Story of the Northern Territory Women and the Vote (1894 – 1896), Darwin : Barbara James, 1995. NTC 323.623 JAM
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