Atkinson, Louisa

louisa atkinsonLouisa Atkinson (1834-1872) was a writer, illustrator and botanist who wrote natural history sketches for the Sydney Morning Herald from 1859. According to Patricia Clarke (1988), she was the first woman in Australia to contribute a regular column to a capital city newspaper. Her sketches were published in the  Sydney Morning Herald under the title “Voice from the Country” and were ‘written in a clear, factual, journalistic style’ (Clarke, 40). They were republished in the weekly Sydney Mail.
From 1864 to 1870, she also contributed regularly to Horticultural

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Clarke, Patricia (1988) Pen Portraits: Women Writers and Journalists in Nineteenth Century Australia, Allen & Unwin, Sydney