I’ve been interested in the Digitise The Dawn project from the time I first heard about it. This newspaper is a historian’s and genealogist’s delight.
“The Dawn” was published monthly in Sydney, Australia from May 1888 until it’s final issue in July 1905. Touted as a journal for the Australian household, it was filled with recipes, dress patterns, beauty advice and household hints, much like you might expect in any women’s magazine. It also contained articles on more serious matters of women’s right to vote, their struggle for equal pay and divorce law reform. But in an age where women around the world were struggling to gain the right to vote, and ask for equal pay for equal work, what set “The Dawn” apart was the fact it was produced, printed and published by an all woman team, under the leadership of the formidable Louisa Lawson. Taken from an article by Donna Benjamin, you can read the rest of the article here.
Today all the issues of The Dawn are available on Trove in honour of International Women’s Day.
I’ve read a few articles and done some searches but haven’t found anything relating to my ancestors but it has given me a greater understanding of the times they lived in. I will certainly be reading and searching some more!