"Let us be judged by our actions." DID YOU KNOW that the first women’s Club in Australia was the KARRAKATTA CLUB founded in Perth in 1894. One of its founding members was Edith Cowan who of course later became Australia’s first woman parliamentarian. The Karrakatta Club became heavily involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage, successfully gaining the vote for Western Australian women in 1899, thus making the state third only to New Zealand and South Australia in enacting this legislation. The club maintained a strong reading circle and continued to strive for literary enlightenment.
It was quick to align itself with the Lyceum Club movement, which spread internationally as a result of the first Lyceum Club founded in London in 1904. Next Tuesday I will be guest speaker at the Karrakatta Club Literary Lyceum Club lunch.