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GPB/SFRG/1

General Prisons Board: Suffragette Papers

1908-1919

Scope and content

These papers deal with the treatment of suffragette prisoners by the General Prisons Board (GPB), mainly during the period 1911-1914. The series consists of GPB files on individual and groups of suffragettes who were imprisoned for their activities in Mountjoy, Tullamore and Belfast Prisons, and of files created by the Chief Secretary’s Office, both on individual suffragettes and on the policy implications of their treatment in prison. There is much material on the hunger strikes embarked upon by suffragette prisoners, on the practice of forced feeding carried out by the prison authorities, and on the use of the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act [Prisoners (Temporary Discharge for Ill Health) Act 1913] against hunger-striking suffragettes. There are also several petitions from individuals and groups in Ireland and Britain objecting to the imprisonment and treatment of Irish suffragettes. The series also includes material on persons who were not suffragettes but who went on hunger strike while imprisoned during the period 1912-1919, including James Connolly and Frank Moss of the Irish Transport Union, Francis Sheehy Skeffington in 1915, and political prisoners in the 1916-1919 period.

Records creator

General Prisons Board

Dimensions

45 files
31 - 40 / 45
GPB/SFRG/1/31 File of General Prisons Board papers relating to Margaret Cousins, Margaret Connery and Mabel Purser during their period in custody, January 1913-June1913.
GPB/SFRG/1/32 File of papers relating to the use of the 'Cat and Mouse Act' in the cases of Marguerite Palmer, Dora Ryan and Annie Walsh.
GPB/SFRG/1/33 General Prisons Board file on Mary Leigh, Gladys Evans and Lizzie Baker [Elizabeth Baker] during their period in custody, June 1912-August 1912.
GPB/SFRG/1/34 File of General Prisons Board papers relating to Marguerite Palmer, Dora Ryan and Annie Walsh during their periods in custody, 1912-1913.
GPB/SFRG/1/35 General Prisons Board file on Gwendoline Martin and Bronwen Portal during their period in custody, March 1914
GPB/SFRG/1/36 File of General Prisons Board and Chief Secretary's Office papers relating to Madge Muir and Dorothy Evans during their period in custody, April 1914
GPB/SFRG/1/37 File of General Prisons Board and Chief Secretary's Office papers relating to Mabel Small during her period in custody, May 1914
GPB/SFRG/1/38 File of General Prisons Board and Chief Secretary's Office papers relating to Kathleen Houston during her period in custody, May 1914
GPB/SFRG/1/39 File of General Prisons Board papers relating to Mary Larmour and Madge Muir during their period in custody, June 1914
GPB/SFRG/1/40 File of General Prisons Board and Chief Secretary's Office papers relating to Dorothy Evans during her period in custody, July 1914