Given the success of the campaign - and the long silence, it seems a good time for an update on where things are at.

1. All of our generous supporters should by now have received receipts either from the National Foundation for Australian Women or from the National Library of Australia that enables them to claim a tax deduction for their contribution.

Campaign Director Donna Benjamin was invited to write up a short report on our campaign to Digitise The Dawn for respected journal Australian Feminist Studies. They have kindly sent through a print copy, and also allowed Donna to retain copyright over the article - so that she may reproduce it here.

If you wish to cite this article please refer to the published edition:
Benjamin, Donna (2011) 'DIGITISE THE DAWN', Australian Feminist Studies, 26: 68, 225 — 227

The hundredth anniversary of International Women's Day, 8th March 2011 was our goal date to reach the funding target of $7500.

We have surpassed that target.

Big support from Google Australia/NZ, the Chifley Research Centre and a shy private donor got us across the line joining other corporate donors, Calyx and Perl Training Australia.

Over 40 individuals also dug into their pockets to support the campaign to digitise Louisa Lawson's Journal for Australian Women. A special mention for Lana Brindley for rattling a cup at open day at the close of and raising our first contribution of $660.50. I'll be in touch with all donors in the coming days to see if they wish to be publicly listed on this site as a supporter of the campaign.

Our campaign director, Donna Benjamin was interviewed by Marian Prickett for the Women On The Line community radio program. It will be broadcast on 3CR 855am at 8:30am AEDT Monday Morning.

The Women on the Line program has been running for over 20 years and is syndicated out to many community radio stations around Australia, and sometimes further afield. Donna was excited, and honoured to be asked to participate in this International Women's Day program with a special focus on women in technology.

The Dawn Volume 2, Number 7. Sydney, November 5, 1889

OF the many smaller troubles which women silently endure, probably one of the worst is the incivility to which they are exposed at the hands of clerks, countermen and officials.

The Woman Question Re-stated
The Dawn Volume 2, Number 5. Sydney, September 2, 1889

"WOMAN" as a topic for male journalistic pens has been popular ever since the infancy of literature; the little feminine vanities and vagaries have formed a delightful nucleus for descriptive and imaginative literary work in "leaders", paragraphs, poems, plays and essays.

The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 14 August 1941, page 5 -

Louisa Lawson Memorial

A memorial seat is to be erected in the Domain as a tribute to Louisa Lawson, mother of Henry Lawson, and herself a poetess. The seat will be built on a site close to the statue of Henry Lawson, to a design by Mr. Peter Spooner, who won the senior students' competition arranged by Mr. A. H. Martin, in charge of the architecture department at the Technical College, Ultimo.

The Dawn: a Journal for Australian Women was conceived and published by Louisa Lawson from 1888 to 1905. In the first edition she wrote "There has hitherto been no trumpet through which the concentrated voices of womankind could publish their grievances and their opinions." The subtitle was later changed to A Journal for the Household in recognition of the many men who also read the journal.


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