Lesley Hughes is an ecologist and professor of biology at Macquarie University who researches the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems. She is a councillor with the publicly funded Climate Council of Australia.
“All histories are against you,” Captain Harville famously observed to Anne Elliot, the heroine of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. “But they were all written by men,” replies Anne.
Austen would have been sadly unsurprised that one of Australia’s most extraordinary social reformers, hailed as our first public feminist, is virtually unknown outside academic circles except as the mother of iconic poet Henry Lawson. This lonely and impoverished woman passed away in the Gladesville Mental Hospital 100 years ago this month.
Louisa Lawson (née Albury) was born in 1848 near Mudgee, a goldrush town on the Central Tablelands of New South Wales. One of 12 children, she was bright and headstrong with a thirst for learning that was thwarted by domestic duties including caring for her younger siblings. As was common for many girls at the time, she left...
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