Kate Sheppard House
Kate Sheppard House
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Built by Kate Sheppard and her husband Walter in 1888, this elegant home and gracious garden tells the inspiring and world-changing story of the Aotearoa New Zealand women's suffrage movement. The Category 1 listed house is one of New Zealand’s most significant social and political landmarks. It was the home of Kate Sheppard from 1888 until 1902, during her most active years of the campaign for women's rights. Discover the story of Kate's life and family history, her hopes, efforts and achievements, and the legacy of political and social change she contributed to. Te Whare Waiutuutu Kate Sheppard House is now proudly cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The stunning kauri villa sits on an acre of botanical beauty, hidden behind a tall green hedge in suburban Christchurch.
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Carolyn M
Christchurch, New Zealand28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Visited Kate Sheppard house with my mother who was in Christchurch from out of town. We are both lovers of history, especially that of colonial significance. Was able to park right outside the property on Clyde Road. There is no fee to park. Entered through the lovely wooden gates and felt transported back in time into the secluded, beautiful gardens that led us up to Kate Sheppard's house. We were greeted inside the property by a very knowledgeable, and helpful young staff member who introduced us to the property and what was inside. The displays within the house gave us an amazing insight into Kate's life, the NZ suffragette movement, and the New Zealand Women's Christian Temperance Union. What was achieved by Kate and her supporters for women, both in New Zealand, and worldwide was incredible, and Kate Sheppard House provides a fantasic insight into it all. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 16 September 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,445 contributions
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Mar 2022
Kate Sheppard (1847-1934) was born in Liverpool. She migrated to New Zealand, where she was active in securing universal suffrage, meaning both men and women hsad the right to vote. This picturesque house was a centre for her political and social activities. The New Zealand government bought the house from private owners in 2021 and it is now a centre commemorating, amongst other things, Kate Sheppard's role in gaining New Zealand women the right to vote. By the way, New Zealand women were the first in the world to win the right to wote.
Written 17 March 2022
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Camda
Wellington, New Zealand883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This only opened early 2021 after the property was purchased from private ownership. Nicky (guide) welcomed us and told us so much that we didn’t know about Kate Sheppard and this home. Lovely grounds and easy parking on the street. We were the only visitors so hopefully the home will be promoted more and more people will visit. Highly recommend and Nicky was fantastic and very knowledgeable.
Written 31 October 2021
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zhuhai2007
Christchurch, New Zealand52,358 contributions
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Jul 2021
The story of Universal Suffrage deserves to be more widely shared & Kate Sheppard House is a great start by Heritage NZ. The relevant years of Kate's life are presented in a lively format that will interest most people from teenagers upwards. An interactive computer link enables NZers to search for ancestors who signed the famous petition.
Currently bookings are required.
Written 22 July 2021
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