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Louisa Lawson - modified version of portrait found at

"There has hitherto been no trumpet through which the concentrated voices of womankind could publish their grievances and their opinions."

Louisa Lawson

The Dawn: a Journal for Australian Women was conceived and published by Louisa Lawson from 1888 to 1905.

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Mrs Lawson had an unfortunate association with Manly, however. In 1900 she was at Circular Quay, intending to catch the Manly ferry. The electric tram she was travelling on gave an unexpected lurch, and she was thrown onto the roadway. “Being an exceptionally big and heavy woman, she was much shaken and injured,” reported the Herald. (“And why shouldn’t a woman be tall and strong?” she retorted to such remarks.)

Louisa Lawson at Manly

Katie Hansord has published a doctoral thesis entitled "‘Spirit-music’ Unbound: Romanticism and Print Politics in Australian Women’s Poetry 1830-1905" which features a whole chapter on Louisa's poetry called "LOUISA LAWSON: Transnational Poetics and Feminism in The Dawn".

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