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Suffragette Olive Wharry on her release from Holloway prison

Suffragette Olive Wharry on her release from Holloway prison
4 0 c m
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

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The Suffragette Olive Wharry on her release under licence from Holloway Prison. Olive Wharry became an active campaigner for the militant Women's Social and Political Union in 1910.
In December 1911 she was arrested for taking part in the WSPU window smashing campaign and sentenced to two months imprisonment for breaking a window at Clune House, the offices of the Law Land Company. At her trial Olive declared she had never broken the law before but considered it the duty of every 'self-respecting' woman to take part in the protests.
In March 1913, Olive was charged with setting fire to the tea pavilion in Kew Gardens. On arrest she used the alias Joyce Locke. Found guilty of arson Olive was sentenced to 18 months in the second division. Imprisoned in Holloway Olive immediately went on hunger-strike for 32 days, this photograph shows Olive on the day she was released under the terms of the Cat & Mouse act weighing just over 51/2 stone (36kg).

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1910 AD - 1910 AD
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