Kate Sheppard (1847-1934)

Where can I find information about Kate Sheppard?

Image: Kate Wilson Sheppard by W Sidney Smith. Collection: Alexander Turnbull Library [cropped from original]

Entry last updated: 30/09/20

Introduction

Kate Sheppard was born in England on 10 March 1847. She and her family moved to New Zealand in the late 1860s. Kate was a founding member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in New Zealand, and a leader of the New Zealand Women's Suffrage movement. She also fought for women to have equal rights in education and employment.

Epic resources

EPIC is a collection of online resources that have been put together especially for New Zealand school students.

Britannica School

This EPIC site is an online version of Encyclopedia Britannica and covers history, geography, social sciences, and science topics including biographies. It has an article about Kate Sheppard, and early suffragettes and activists .

  • Select a level. (You can move up and down this level if you need to).
  • Enter the search words 'Kate Sheppard' into the search box.
  • The article Kate Sheppard (New Zealand activist) has information about her promoting women's rights in New Zealand.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6 pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Biography in Context

This EPIC site includes information about all types of world-famous people from all walks of life.

  • Type the keywords 'Kate Sheppard' into the search box.
  • The article Katherine Wilson Sheppard has information about her life and her role in the New Zealand suffragette movement.
Tips: Search words, or keywords, are the most important words in our question. Usually it’s better to leave out small words like ‘the’, ‘a’ and ‘of’ and just choose the main ones, eg [Kate Sheppard]. We can always change our keywords or add more if we need to.

New Zealand Geographic Archive

This is the online collection of the New Zealand Geographic magazine. It has articles on all aspects of New Zealand life from the natural environment to history and culture.

  • Enter 'Kate Sheppard' into the search box.
  • The first search result A leap into the light is an in-depth article about how New Zealand became the first country in the world to allow women to vote in the General Elections.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

New Zealand websites

The websites below will guide you to all the information you need on the life and achievements of Kate Sheppard and other famous people like her.

NZHistory

NZHistory focuses on New Zealand's cultural, social, and political historic events. It is easy to read and has links to other resources.

  • Enter 'Kate Sheppard' in the search box.
  • The article Kate Sheppard has information about her life and the suffragists .
  • Remember to explore Related to Kate Sheppard at the bottom of the page. You will find a digitised image of the suffrage petition sent to Parliament in 1893 , and an article on Women and the vote .

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (DNZB)

DNZB is part of Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. It contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have ‘made their mark’ on this country. It does not include people who are alive. DNZB belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

  • Enter the keywords 'Kate Sheppard' to begin searching.
  • Choose the entry Katherine Wilson Sheppard to read about her life as a suffrage activist, writer , speaker , and founder of the WCTU in New Zealand.
Tips: We like sites like this because they’re reliable. You can tell because of their web address – they have either .govt or .ac, meaning they are from government or educational organisations. They’re also New Zealand sites, so relevant for us.

Christchurch City Libraries

Christchurch Libraries have a great page about Kate Sheppard including links to other recommended resources.

  • Go to Explore then, under Subject Guides , select People .
  • Scroll down the page to find the letter S, then choose the article Kate Sheppard 1847 – 1934 .
  • Make sure you explore all the links under Recommended resources to learn more about this topic.
Tips: Many webpages have links to further information or to other recommended sites. Following these links is a great way to find out more. The searching method is called 'pearl growing' because you are picking up pieces of sand to make a beautiful pearl!

NZEDGE Legends

This website promotes New Zealand overseas and part of this is acknowledging famous New Zealanders and their achievements.

  • Enter 'Kate Sheppard'into the search box.
  • The article Kate Sheppard has information and photographs that cover her life as a leader and a source of inspiration.
Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About us link on the website, if you can find one. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

NZOnScreen

This website provides an online showcase of New Zealand television, film and music videos. It is especially useful for NZ history queries that need primary sources or multimedia information.

  • Use the search words 'Kate Sheppard' to find the video What really happened: votes for women .
  • This 70-minute docudrama is about Kate Sheppard and the suffrage campaign.
  • The historical settings and costumes will give you a good idea of what life was like in the late 1800s and how hard it was to change the political system.

Books

There are lots of books about New Zealand history and society which include chapters or articles about Kate Sheppard and the women's suffrage movement. Check with your school or local public library to see what they have.

Here are some recommended titles:

SCIS no: 1987121
managed by
proudly supported by

Acceptable Use

Acceptable use means acting like a good citizen online. How you behave online should be the same as how you behave offline (in the real world). AnyQuestions is a free service, staffed by real people from libraries right around New Zealand. Please be respectful and polite to our librarians. We like helping people who show good manners :)


We may end a chat session if we think you are being inappropriate or misbehaving, this includes:

  • Using racist/sexist, offensive or obscene language.

    Please don’t use mean or cruel words when talking to or about someone else; whether they are a male or female, or of another race or skin colour. Obscene language means using words that would upset your grandparents!

  • Using the service to transmit messages that harass or threaten the operators.

    Please don’t be mean to our librarians or act like a bully.

  • Visiting an objectionable website while in session with an operator.

    An objectionable website means a website that you really wouldn’t want your grandparents looking over your shoulder at!

  • Deliberately time wasting in a way that denies service to other legitimate users.

    Time wasting means being silly and not working with our librarians. Time wasting means other students are not getting help, and that isn’t nice!

  • Any form of vandalism, including damaging computer systems or networks and knowingly introducing programs such as computer viruses and worms.

    You might be technically savvy and know about web viruses and worms and how they affect computers but please don’t spread these. It takes our attention away from helping you and other students.

  • AnyQuestions reserves the right to disconnect users at the operator’s discretion. AnyQuestions might also block access to the service for repeat offenders.

    If you act like a troll then we’ll end the chat. Remember everything digital or online can be traced and we can track it back to where you came from and/or your school. If you misbehave on AnyQuestions then we will be in touch with your school or we will block you from accessing AnyQuestions.