QUIZ: Women of Ōtautahi

This quiz looks at the women in Ōtautahi Christchurch’s history, and the contribution they have made to the city, to Aotearoa, and the world. Here are some resources to help you with our quiz -
Library catalogue
Local people
Canterbury Stories
Christchurch Street and Place Names
When Annie Quayle Townend died in 1914 she was the richest woman in the South Island, leaving £45,100 to charities and churches in her will. During her life she entered into a secret marriage, and after a dispute with Sumner Borough Council, moved her Sumner house to Cashmere on the back of two traction engines. What two places in Ōtautahi Christchurch associated with her can you still go and visit?
Ada Wells, one of the most active local suffragists who organised the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition with Kate Sheppard, continued to fight for the rights of women and children for the rest of her life. She was the first women ever to be elected to which body?
From the 1940s to the 1980s, Edna Neville ran the Hay's Junior League for children from her office on the roof of Hay's Ltd (Gloucester Street), which included a playground, a theatre and other attractions. She also had a weekly radio session for 13 years. What was she known as?
In August 1892, despite opposition from the scandalised public, a group of Christchurch women set up the very first all-female cycling club in Australasia. Which Greek goddess (and cycle brand) was the cycling club named after?
In 1876, the first female student enrolled in Canterbury College, and in 1881 she became the first women in the British Empire to win a Masters degree with honours. Who was she?
Kaiapoi born Elizabeth McCombs became New Zealand’s first female Member of Parliament in 1933. Which parliamentary seat did she win?
Kaiapoi born Bella Button was a champion horse rider and successful trainer whose riding career was cut short in 1896, when the South Island Trotting Association brought in a rule that barred women from riding or driving in races. How long did this rule remain in place for?
Which of these suburbs are named after women?
For her work in sexual health and preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, especially during World War One, who was known as both ‘the guardian angel of the ANZACs’ and ‘the most wicked woman in Britain’?
On the Kate Sheppard National Memorial on Oxford Terrace, six women who were integral to the fight for women’s suffrage are remembered. Which one of these suffragists requested the vote for women from the Kotahitanga Māori Parliament?
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