Ethel Tawse Jollie

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Ethel Colquhoun, from a 1907 publication.

Ethel Maud Tawse Jollie (8 March 1874 – 21 September 1950; née Cookson; widowed Colquhoun) was a writer and political activist in Southern Rhodesia who was the first female parliamentarian in the British overseas empire.[1]


Cookson was born Ethel Maude Cookson in Castle Church, Stafford, the daughter of Samuel Cookson, a doctor. She studied art under Anthony Ludovici at the Slade School of Fine Art where she met her first husband, explorer Archibald Ross Colquhoun. They married at St. Paul′s church, Stafford, on 8 March 1900,[2] and she accompanied her husband on tours across Asia, the Pacific and Africa, before settling in Southern Rhodesia. After Colquhoun's death on 18 December 1914, she replaced him as editor of United Empire magazine.[3] She later remarried a Rhodesian farmer called John Tawse Jollie.

Tawse Jollie was one of the front figures in the campaign for Rhodesian self-rule, founding the Responsible Government Association in 1917.[4] She was a leading member of the National Service League, the Imperial Maritime League, the British Women's Emigration Society, the Women's Unionist Association, and the Southern Rhodesian Legislative Council. Ethel Tawse Jollie was an avowed anti-suffragist and anti-feminist. She died in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, on 21 September 1950.




  1. ^ Lowry, Donal (2004). "Colquhoun, Archibald Ross (1848–1914)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press.
  2. ^ "marriages". The Times (36087). London. 12 March 1900. p. 1.
  3. ^ Lowry 1997, p. 262.
  4. ^ Lowry 1997, p. 261.
  5. ^ Chaloner, Martin (1914). "The Solvency of Woman," The Edinburgh Review, Vol. 219.


  • Lowry, Donal (June 1997). "'White Woman's Country': Ethel Tawse Jollie and the Making of White Rhodesia". Journal of South African Studies. 23 (2). JSTOR 2637621.

Further reading[edit]

  • Berlyn, Phillippa (1966). "On Ethel Tawse Jollie," Rhodesiana, No. 15.
  • Berlyn, Phillippa (1969). "Ahead of Her Time," Illustrated Life Rhodesia, No. 3.
  • Lowry, Donal, "Making Fresh Britains Across the Seas" in Fletcher, Ian Christopher, ed., (2012). Women's Suffrage in the British Empire: Citizenship, Nation and Race, Routledge.
  • Lowry, Daniel William (Donal) (1989). The Life and Times of Ethel Tawse Jollie, Rhodes University.
  • Riedi, Eliza (2002). "Women, Gender, and the Promotion of Empire: The Victoria League, 1901–1914," The Historical Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3.
  • Sanders, Valerie and Delap, Lucy (2010). Victorian and Edwardian Anti-Feminism, Routledge.

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