Given names: 
Rose A
Given address: 
none given
Sheet No: 209

Biographical information provided by Briar Barry for the He Tohu exhibition:

It is likely that this signature belongs to Rose Anne Hall (née Dryden), the wife of John Hall, the former premier who assumed parliamentary leadership of the campaign which granted women the vote. John had married Rose in England in 1861. Although he was a conservative politician, John Hall supported the female suffrage movement as he had long believed that women had a right to the vote; he was also certain that their votes would exercise a conservative influence.

Click on sheet number to see the 1893 petition sheet this signature appeared on. Digital copies of the sheets supplied by Archives New Zealand.

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Kate Foster

Posted: 30 Sep 2017

Thank you for correcting spelling of Rose Hall's second name. I question the given address being 'Christchurch'. On the 1892 petition, of which I have a copy, she wrote 'Hororata'. But this page 206 of the 1893 petition does not include addresses. However, Rose's name heads a page on which all the other signatories are from Hororata and outlying areas nearby. (Most names are known to me) Rose took round the petition for signing and I don't think would have come out from Christchurch to do that - horse and gig! At this date, Terrace Station at Hororata was their primary home. I was in Wgtn during the week and greatly enjoyed seeing the Treaty documents and Suffrage Petition in their new display areas.

Jamie M

Posted: 20 Sep 2017

Thanks very much for this, Kate - I've corrected the second name now

Kate Foster, gt grand daughter of Rose and John Hall.

Posted: 19 Sep 2017

This is the signature of Rose Anne Hall - please note the spelling of her second name. All the women on that sheet are from the Hororata or surrounding area. Many of them are employees, or their husbands are, of John Hall. Rose and daughter Mildred went round the district collecting signatures for the petition. On the petition copy I have, Rose puts her place of residence as 'Hororata'; this may have been an earlier petition than the 1893 one.