Flying Colours

For the first time ever, a female jockey has won the Melbourne Cup. The colours Michelle Payne and Prince of Penzance wore are randomly selected – but how’s this for serendipity?

suffragettes banner

Lavender, green, and white – the colours of the suffragette movement

From Sydney Morning Herald, 4 November 2015

From Sydney Morning Herald, 4 November 2015

6 responses to “Flying Colours

  1. Michael Powell

    Very observant of you Marion I hope you backed her at 100 to 1, so that you can really enjoy the Amazon in luxury Cheers Mike

    Sent from my iPad


  2. And 100 years ago the first woman owner won the cup.

  3. The Australian suffragists used the same colours: “A striking figure on horseback, [Cecilia John] was dressed in white and carried a staff decorated in the purple, white and green colours of the WPA.” From a description of an anti-conscription march in Melbourne in 1916 (Sylvia Martin, Passionate Friends, 2001).

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