On Thursday 21st March the History group were treated to an illustrated talk by Mary Thorley on how the suffragette movement was developed in Carmarthen and the local area.
Mary had carried out considerable research and found out about local meetings where often the principal officers, including the chairman, were the “great and good” men of the town. In spite of this, there emerged some important women who became significant leaders in the national suffragette movement.
Amongst them was Rachael Barrett born in Carmarthen and brought up in Llandeilo. She became the editor of the “Suffragette”, the movement’s newspaper. Also, Alice Abadam, born in Middleton Hall (Botanic Gardens) in 1856 who became a principal speaker in the national movement. Her friend and life partner Alice Vowe Johnson, an important author from London who lived with her in Carmarthen, is buried with her in St. Mary’s cemetery, Union Street, Carmarthen.
The group were fascinated by the talk and I’m sure will try and find out more. A big thanks from us all to Mary for her scholarly and enthusiastic presentation.