Louisa Lawson and ‘The Dawn’

Donna Benjamin from the Digitise the Dawn project reveals the significance of  Louisa Lawson’s journal The Dawn, Louisa’s legacy and why it was important that The Dawn be added to Trove’s digital archives.

 “There has hitherto been no trumpet through which the concentrated voices of womankind could publish their grievances and their opinions.”
– Louisa Lawson

Louisa Lawson was one of Australia’s foremost activists for women’s rights, founding the Dawn Club in 1889 and deeply involved in the New South Wales Women’s Suffrage League.

Louisa published The Dawn: A Journal for Australian Women, an early feminist journal published in Australia between 1888 and 1905 using the pen name of Dora Falconer. It was the first publication in Australia created by women for women.

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