Helper notes and answers
Louisa’s writing says: No Vote No Census. If I am intelligent enough to fill in this census form I can surely make an X on a Ballot paper. Louisa Burnham
Louisa Burnham as a supporter of the Suffragette Movement who believed in votes for women. At this time, women did not have the right to vote to have a say in who ran the country. As part of this movement, hundreds of suffragettes refused to complete the 1911 census return – some of them left their homes for the night of the census and others spoiled their census return paper (like Louisa).
Why do you think that a census is an important piece of information for a historian?« Return to Census Detectives
- What do you notice about this census?
- Why do you think the information is missing?
- Can you read the handwriting scribbled across the page – what do you think it says?
- Why hasn’t Louisa provided the information on the census?
- How is she feeling?
- Why do you think she is feeling this way?