|Louisa Lawson printing The Dawn on an old press at her cottage.|
The Dawn was Australia's first female-produced journal, published from 1888-1905.
NSW women only gained the right to vote in 1902, 14 years after they first published. I wanted to create an image which depicts the joy these women must have felt at having an independent outlet to express themselves.
|Mosaic tribute to Lousia Lawson by Cynthia Turner|
Lousia Lawson Reserve, Renwick St Marrickville.
I first heard about Louisa Lawson only recently, whilst watching Federation: Australia's journey to nationhood. She was a fascinating person: publisher, journalist, feminist, poet and the mother of Henry Lawson. Plus while researching her background I discovered she had lived on Renwick St, Marrickville, only a few streets away from where I live. Wow! I'd love to read her biography. She's an important part of Austarlian history.