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That Daring Australian Girl

“I was born a suffragette. I saw that the world treated women unfairly, and rebelled. The Women of England demand the Vote!” - Muriel Matters
 

That Daring Australian Girl is the remarkable true story of Muriel Matters; the Adelaide-born actress and agitator who became one of the leading figures of the UK’s Suffragette movement and was the “Foremost Woman Orator in Britain.”

As well as a highly skilled elocutionist, Muriel Matters (1877-1969) was also a journalist, a lecturer, a teacher and a political candidate. Matters' background as a South Australian gave her the added token of enfranchisement - Muriel had already voted twice before journeying across the world and she extolled the South Australian virtues of equality and freedom.

Most famously, Matters chained herself to the grille of the Ladies’ Gallery in the British House of Commons in a spectacularly successful stunt to gain attention for the Suffragette movement. Her celebrity then extended around the globe when she crash-landed a hot air dirigible balloon whilst attempting to fly over London.

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