This modest lavender and rosemary filled reserve in Harnett St is dedicated to the memory of Louisa Lawson - writer, publisher & feminist (1848-1920). She lived in Renwick St Marrickville - some of the sandstone from her (now demolished) house was used to build one of the walls in this park. There's a mural by Cynthia Turner laid out on the ground in the middle of the reserve that celebrates Lawson's journal 'The Dawn'. The publication was intended to be a 'phonograph to wind out audibly the whispers, pleadings and demands of the sisterhood'.
Half of Australian women's lives are unhappy, but there are paths out of most labyrinths and we will set up finger posts ... we shall welcome contributions and correspondence from women ... it is not a new thing to say there is no power in the world like that of women.
Louisa Lawson, The Dawn, Issue 1
See my flickr account for more in this set of photos.
See Wilson's Almanac for more on Lawson and 'The Dawn'.
Please don't leave a comment telling me she was Henry Lawson's mother.