- 17 February 1848
Guntawang, Mudgee district, New South Wales, Australia
- 12 August 1920
Gladesville, New South Wales, Australia
- Feminist, Women's rights activist, Writer, Businesswoman and Suffragist
- Alternative Names
- Albury, Louisa (maiden name)
Louisa Lawson was an independent and resourceful woman who fought for women's rights during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Australia. Married at eighteen years of age to Niels (Peter) Larsen, later Lawson, she produced five children, one of whom died in infancy. Another child, Henry became one of Australia's most famous writers. On her move to Sydney from country New South Wales in 1883 she supported her family by doing washing, sewing and taking in boarders. In 1887 she bought the Republican and with her son Henry edited and wrote most of the newspaper's copy. In 1888 she established the Dawn, a journal devoted to women's concerns and continued publication until 1905. In May 1889 Louisa launched the campaign for female suffrage and announced the formation of the Dawn Club where women met to discuss 'every question of life, work and reform' and to gain experience in public speaking. Louisa Lawson could claim success when women in New South Wales gained the suffrage in 1902.