125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia

Join the City of Unley as we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in South Australia by hosting a series of events.

In 1894, after decades of activism, women in South Australia were awarded the right to vote and stand for parliament. South Australia was the first electorate in Australia to give equal political rights to both women and men, a huge step toward gender equality.

  • Unley Women of Influence: Past and Present | Wednesday 21 August
    Wednesday 21 August, 12.30pm arrival for 1pm start until 2.30pm.
    Annesley Junior School, Gillingham Hall (enter via Greenhill Road)

    This free event is being held to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage in South Australia and will be a thought provoking discussion about how the plight of women in Unley has changed over time.

    Master of Ceremonies Amanda Blair, will guide our panel of inspirational speakers as we discuss Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present and look to the future for generations ahead.

    Panellists include Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs; Dr Niki Vincent, Equal Opportunity Commissioner for South Australia; local philanthropist Claire Lennon; and social enterprise founders Isobel and Eloise from Taboo.

    Free event, book online here.
  • Denise George: A Special Presentation | Thursday 19 September
    Thursday 19 September, 7–8pm
    Unley Town Hall, corner Oxford Terrace and Unley Road, Unley

    Join our Master of Ceremonies, Councillor Jane Russo, as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with Denise George, author of Mary Lee.

    In 1894, South Australian women won the rights to vote and be elected members of parliament, thanks in no small part to Mary Lee’s contribution to history.

    Denise will discuss the compelling story of how this ‘turbulent anarchist’ took on the establishment and won.

    Cost $5, includes wine and light refreshments.
    Book online or phone 8372 5100.
  • Unley for Equality Exhibition | Ongoing from Monday 18 November

    Ongoing from Monday 18 November
    Unley Museum, 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley

    In 1894, South Australia was the first electorate in Australia to give equal political rights to both women and men, a huge step toward gender equality.

    In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in South Australia, this exhibition throws light on the people of Unley who signed the petition in support of the Adult Suffrage Bill, who were they, and why the bill may have been important to them.

    Free entry.

    Exhibition opening times:
    Monday to Wednesday 10am–4pm
    Thursday 10am–6pm
    Sunday 2–5pm
    Closed Public Holidays

  • Post It Now Open | Submissions close Friday 6 September
    'Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present' will be a temporary art display on Goodwood Road and we encourage you to nominate Unley Women of Influence who should be recognised and celebrated by submitting photos, paintings or portraits.

    Submissions close 5pm, Friday 6 September 2019.

    Guidelines, submissions and more information can be found on the, 'Post It' page.

    You can enjoy this display on unique banner poles along Goodwood Road, from November 2019–January 2020.


Make Your Move in the City of Unley as part of this year’s ZestFest!

Growing older does not have to mean slowing down. Get involved in what Unley has to offer and start optimising your longevity, health and wellbeing.

A variety of activities for over 50’s will be offered free of charge throughout Council’s community centres, recreation facilities and local sporting clubs from 21-25 October.

Have you ever wanted to try a new activity or sport but didn’t know where to start? Use our free classes as an opportunity to try something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new friends and perhaps even find a new hobby!

A detailed timetable of activities will be released soon – stay tuned for more information.

Planning an Event

Our City is recognised for its vibrant community spirit, quality lifestyle choices, diversity, business strength and innovative leadership.
Many of our residents are energetic participants in social and recreational activities and enjoy being active and involved in our community.
Attraction and facilitation of community events are primary goals for the City of Unley, with place making and cultural and artistic diversity being strategic objectives within our Community Plan 2033 and our 4 Year Plan.
Council also has a Community Event Sponsorship Program that provides financial support for events and festivals. As such, we encourage and support community groups to hold their own events within the City, helping to grow the diverse range of events on offer to our residents and visitors.

What's On

For regular library programs and activities, including Storytime and Babytime, visit the Library events page.

For regular community centre activities and programs visit the Community Centres page.