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Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Surface Tension - IWD March 1979, 2019. Watercolour drawings on 300gsm paper. 9 in set, framed. Size: 530 x710mm. Photo credit: Mike Oakey

Sydney, Artwork at The Cross Art Projects

Surface Tension - IWD March 1979, 2019. Watercolour drawings on 300gsm paper. 9 in set, framed. Size: 530 x710mm. Photo credit: Mike Oakey

Sources: Illawarra Women’s Groups newsletters in the Local History archive of Wollongong City Libraries article in  She Waves February March Issue 2004 . This edition was a special IWD Issue and it carried a photo of that first March in 1979. Originally, published in the  Illawarra Mercury to illustrate a derisory article by ‘Ichabod’, a columnist with the newspaper about the march. (Ichabod is a nom-de plume, the name is from the Old Testament and means ‘no glory’. Washington Irving used the name for the main character in his short story 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' (1820).) The photo was used twice by Ichabod, an early example of an ‘opinion writer’. Luck has it that the  Illawarra Mercuryphotographic negative archive is held by Wollongong City Libraries. MacDonald described viewing the negatives, “like I was standing on the footpath of Crown Street watching the crowd of marchers heading down to the Rest Park”. A week after the second column by Ichibod appeared, the  Mercury issued a “rare” apology and listed of all the groups that been derided for joining Wollongong’s first International Women’s Day March. Source Images: Illawarra Mercury photographic negative collection at Wollongong City Libraries.