If I put out a little cash on Ancestry UK, I may get to see another image of Caroline Kenney, the semi-suffragette who I feature in my ebook Furies Cross the Mersey - about the British Invasion of Militant Suffragettes to Montreal in 1912/13.
Here's a free pdf copy.
Caroline was a sister of Militant Suffragette Annie Kenney.
Apparently, the registry says she is coming to Canada in 1912 to 'visit' her sister. I don't know if the registry is available online, but a portrait certainly is.
True enough. Older sister Sarah Nell Kenney Clarke lived in Montreal with her husband. They'd immigrated to Canada in 1908. He was a newspaperman.
But Caroline did more than visit, newspaper items reveal. She promoted woman suffrage, alone and with the Equal Suffrage League.
But she couldn't exactly write that on the form. Premier Borden had banned the suffragettes from coming to Canada a month before.
Beautiful and feisty Barbara Wylie.
The UK Ancestry site says they have a portrait relating to her 1912 passage on the Virginian (of the Allan Line) and her 1930 border crossing. The Virginian originated in Liverpool and went to Quebec City and not Montreal.
I guess someone has added the portrait to her travel documents. It's likely the same portrait I have.
But I will see.
So, if Caroline came to Montreal any time before November, 1912, (the Seaway closed on November 26) she likely crossed paths with Barbara Wylie, another suffragette who was in Canada. (For all I know, they both stayed at the Clarke's in Verdun (or St. Lambert).
Wylie arrived in Montreal in late September and stayed at least until early November, because on November 4 she gave a speech at the YMCA sponsored by the Montreal Council of Women.
I put this speech in Furies Cross the Mersey. It almost started a small riot.
Wylie had come on the Empress of Ireland. I can't find a record of her crossing on Ancestry UK. Too bad, I would like to see the reason she put for coming to Canada.
Her visit had been trumpeted loudly in Votes for Women, the magazine of the Women's Social and Political Union.
Her arrival in Montreal got a lot of press,too. Silly press, indeed.
But Miss Wylie was feted by the local society women, whereas Caroline Kenney was not.
Caroline is not mentioned once in that organization's minutes from the era, whereas Miss Wylie's visit is showcased in the minutes and the 1912 Annual Report.
The Equal Suffrage League in Montreal was a rogue suffrage association. All the leading lights in the Montreal movement belonged to the Montreal Suffrage Association, which was an offshoot of the Montreal Council of Women.
I know from newspaper accounts that Caroline Kenney gave speeches in Montreal in February and March 1913 on her own and then worked with the Equal Suffrage League from the summer to December 1913. Newspaper reports referred to her as a 'resident' of Montreal.
Her first speech was too militant apparently and did not sit well with the citizens of Montreal. (I have no account of it, but this is mentioned in an account of her next, less explosive, speech to the Jewish Community.)
Here's the clipping about Wylie's visit kept by Edith Nicholson, my husband's great aunt, who also figures in Furies Cross the Mersey.
I have but a remnant of the original clipping left. It has crumbled to bits in the 10 years since I found it in a trunk along with many other such clippings and about 300 family letters from the 1910 era in Canada.
In the report, it claims that Montreal pressmen almost missed Miss Wylie, because they were expecting a battle-ax to de-train and instead were met with a beautiful young woman.
The pro-suffragette narrative pretty well always fell along those lines. What pretty women! Who would have guessed? The anti-suffragette narrative painted the women as demons and terrorists and most commonly as hysterical or very very silly.