Emma Elizabeth Benson

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Emma Elizabeth Benson is associated with Hobart, Tasmania located at these coordinates -42.8819032, 147.3238148

Date of Birth: 1853
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Emma E Benson was born Emma Elizabeth Mather in Hobart in 1853. Her father, Joseph Benson Mather, a successful businessman, and her mother, Anna Maria Mather (nee Cotton) were members of the Hobart Quaker community.

In 1885, Emma married William Benson, a descendant of Margaret Fell, one of the 17th century founders of the Society of Friends, and a member of a North of England Quaker landholding family. At the time of signing the 1891 Women's Suffrage Petition, Emma was the mother of three young children and the whole family attended the Melbourne Quaker Meeting House.

As the Quakers espoused progressive attitudes to women (their schools were co-educational from the outset, and women spoke at meetings, travelled alone and published), it is not surprising that Emma signed the petition.

Emma Benson was my great-great-uncle's wife. (Information provided by Marie Kau, Talbot)

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Photograph University of Tasmania Quaker Collection

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