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The ‘Dawn’ Lights up International Women’s Day

Louisa Lawson's feminist journal, the Dawn: A Journal for Australian Women, is now available in digitised format via the National Library of Australia’s Trove discovery service. The digitisation was made possible through a fund-raising campaign run by Melbourne businesswoman Donna Benjamin. Benjamin set up the Digitise the Dawn website and raised over $8,500.

Lawson published the Dawn from 1888 until her ill-health forced its closure in 1905. She employed only women to run the journal and used its pages to argue persuasively for women’s suffrage. Lawson’s own writing was published in the Dawn; it also carried stories by her daughter Gertrude Lawson and her son Henry Lawson.

Link to the digitised version of the Dawn here.



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