When Australian women were accidentally given the vote. | In Times Gone By…

Australian suffragettes in London in 1911

In the nineteenth century, in the state of Victoria in Australia, the Electoral Act 1863 was passed. According to the act, “all persons” who ow…

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History And Other Thoughts: Feodora Of Leiningen, Queen Victoria’s Half-sister

King George III had sired many sons, but only the eldest, George, married (much against his will) and had a legitimate child, Charlotte. Her premature death in childbirth, spurred her uncles to find suitable brides to beget the next heir to the throne. Edward, Duke of Kent, chose the widowed Princess of Leiningen, Victoria.

Victoria’s fertility was in no doubt. She had given her first, much older, husband, Prince Emich Charles, two children: a son, Charles, and a daughter, Anna Feodora Auguste Charlotte Wilhelmine, known as Feodora. Feodora was born on December 7, 1707 near Amorbach. Her father died when she was only 7. In 1818, she gained a new step-father, when her mother tied the knot with the Duke of Kent.

The following year, Feodora moved to England with her mother. A month after her arrival, her step-sister and future Queen, Victoria, was born. Feodora adored her. The young girl, who learned…

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