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Wingecarribee Women Writers

unveiling of the plaques.

A joyful day was spent unveiling the plaques of Charlotte Atkinson, Louisa Atkinson, Jane Emily Atkinson and James Atkinson. The local community and descendants of Charlotte gathered at All Saints Chruch in Sutton Forrest to unveil the plaques and enjoy an afternoon tea celebrating that Charlotte and her family are no longer lying in unmarked graves. 

Charlotte Atkinson was the very first children’s book writer in Australia and the first woman in Australia to receive legal custody of her children. She was a pioneer for woman’s rights and education. Her daughter Louisa went on to be a writer herself. 

Thank you to all who contributed to this appeal. The Wingecaribbe Women Writers appreciates your support. 

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author event at Bowral wingecaribee library. 

Kate Forsyth and Belinda Murrell visited the Wingecarribee Library, Bowral to talk about their books. All profits from book sales and donations on the day helped to pay for the commemorative brass plaques at the Atkinson grave in the cemetery of All Saints Anglican Church, Sutton Forest.


The southern highlands arts trail 2022 

The progress of the Charlotte Atkinson statue was showcased in this year's Southern Highlands Arts Trail. The Arts Trail showcases Southern Highlands' creativity. Where locals can visit the artists at their own studios, and see where they create their work.


Julie has only a few more days of refinement and then the statue will be sent off to the foundry for the next stage in its creation.

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Southern Highlands Writer's Festival

A successful event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Stella Prize, The launch of  The Charlotte Appeal and the 100th anniversary of the Country Women’s Association of NSW. Participants enjoyed hearing the words of award-winning panellists including Professor Clare Wright, Dr Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell, Paula McLean, Jaclyn Booton and Tracey Spicer. Set at Fairground Follies (Bowral's famous antique mechanical museum) we concluded with a celebratory party with canapés and a glass of bubbles. A wonderful event that successfully introduced Charlotte Atkinson to the local community. 

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