Guildford and District Women's Suffrage Society: letter (-/-/1) to the Countess of Onslow from Mrs E Hartree, Honorary Secretary of the Guildford and District Suffrage Society ('Non-party...non-militant'), requesting that she sign 'the enclosed memorial' (-/-/3), a petition seeking enfranchisement of women to enable them to vote 'in the election of Parliament which will deal with the problems of [post-war] reconstruction'. Also letter from the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (-/-/2) to the Countess of Onslow, Clandon Park Hospital, asking her to sign a memorial intended to include the names of 'about 500 prominent women workers', with copy of Lady Onslow's reply stating 'I am very pleased to sign the enclosed memorial, with which I am entirely in sympathy' (-/-/4)
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- SHC Ref No: G173/149/1-4
- Repository: Surrey History Centre, Woking
- Date: 17 May 1917-2 Jul 1917
- Format: Archives
- Description: [Violet, Countess of Onslow is listed among signatories of the national petition, in a report in ?The Times?, 17 Dec 1917, included in newspaper cuttings volume G173/225/5.
No further evidence of the Countess being politically active in the suffrage cause is held in the Onslow archive. She may have influenced the decision of her husband to support the women?s suffrage clauses in the Bill of 1918 (G173/77/8). Lord Onslow perhaps took little interest in the cause although he attended a pre-war anti suffrage meeting in 1912 (G173/20/1); his mother Florence, Countess of Onslow had been wrongly reported as attending the suffrage procession of Jun 1908, when a retraction in the paper explained that the Lady Onslow attending was ?the wife of Sir Alexander Onslow, late chief justice of Western Australia and not the Countess of Onslow, who, we understand has no sympathy with the movement? (newspaper cuttings, G173/225/3 p.274)]
- Level: Item
- Access Status: Open.
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