Fanny Finch (1815–1863)
Fanny Finch is Australia's first known woman to have voted. Two days after she cast her vote, she was immortalised in the Melbourne-based newspaper The Argus, as “the famous Mrs. Fanny Finch.” So, how exactly did Fanny vote in 1856? Well, Fanny used a loophole that granted suffrage to all taxpaying “persons.”

It didn't matter that she was black, a woman and a single mother – because she was a business owner who paid rates, she was entitled to vote in 1856, almost fifty years before Australian women (excluding indigenous women) were granted suffrage.