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Louisa Lawson and ‘The Dawn’ – Free Public Talk

Event Information

  • 5 Jun 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
  • Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: Free & Open to the Public

Donna Benjamin from Digitise the Dawn 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. 

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.  She 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.

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

Interestingly, the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts has our own connection to Louisa; She convinced the board to admit women to the Debating Club and she was the first woman elected to the board in 1893. Our Lawson Room is named in recognition of her contribution to the SMSA.


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA)  
280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9262 7300 | www.sydneymsa.com.au[M1] 

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