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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN.

THE FIRST CONVENTION.

(Pcs United Press Association.)

Christchurch, April 13.

The Women's Convention convened on tbe suggestion of the Canterbury Women's Institute was opened this morning in the Provincial Council Chambers. The delegates pressnt were: Miss Sherriff Bain (president Canterbury Women's Institute), Lady Stout (Southern Cross Society), Mrs Schnackenberg (WC.T.U.). Mrs W. C. Daldy (Auckland Women's Political League), Mrs Williamson (Wanganui Women's Political League), Mrs Izett (Christchurch Women's Politic*! Association), Mrs H. G. Widdowson (WC.T.U,), Mrs Alley (Springfield Women's Institute), Mrs Tasker (Wellington Women's Democratic Union), Mrs Sievwright (Gisborne Women's Political League), Mvs Hume (Wellington Women's Institute), and Mrs H. W. Sheppard (Canterbury Women's Institute). The otherj delegates expected to-morrow are: Mrs Marion Hatton (Dunedin Women's Franchise League), Mrs Skeoch (Wellington Social Political Union), and Mrs Isherwood (Springfield -Women's Institute). Miss Bain (Christchurch) on taking the chair welcomed the delegates, and referred to tbs fact that for the first time in history enfranchised women were met together to consult on affairs of State policy. Their motto was "Light, Truth, and Freedom." They believed that the light which they saw was leading to truth, and the truth of womanhood meant the freedom ot the world.

Mrs H. W. Sheppard, who recently returned from England, gave an account of the objects of the International Council of Women, aud said it was intended at a later stage that that convention should resolve itself into a National Council of the women of New Zealand.

A deputation was received from the Progressive Liberal Association. Miss Jessie Mackay recited an original poem entitled, " The Battle March of the Women."

■ At the afternoon sitting Mc E. Tregear read a paper on "The Federation of Women," aad Lady Stout read a paper on "The National Council of Women."

On the motion of Mrs Williamson (Wanganui), seconded by Mrs Tasker (Wellington), it was unanimously resolved—"That this convention resolves itself into the National Council of the Women of New Zealand.">

The following office-bearers were elected:— President, Mrs Sheppard (Christchurch) ; vicepresidents,1 Lady Stout (Wellington), Mesdames Sievwright (Gisborne), Hatton (Dunedin), and Schoackenberg (Auckland); secretary, Mr? Wells (Christchurch); treasurer, Miss Sherriff Bain (Christchurch). A committee consisting of Lady Stout, Mesdames Sheppard, Fleming, and Wells was appointed to consider the constitution and by-laws of couucil to be presented at a later stage of the proceedings.

A motion was carried thanking Mr Van Der Velden, artist, for showing and explaining his pictures to the delegate*", and expressing the opinion that his picture "A Sorrowful Future" should become public property. - It was decided to send a copy of the motion to the Premier and the art societies of Australia.

At the evening sitting Lady Stout protested against the latter part of the motion of thanks to Mr Vau Der Velden. They had met for business connected with women's work, and bad no right to dictate to either municipal or general Governments in the matter of expenditure of money. She moved that the resolution be reversed. The motion was seconded by Mrs Daldy, and carried without dissent. Professor Bickerton give an address on unitary homes.

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NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN. Otago Daily Times, Issue 10645, 14 April 1896

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