The Jane Austen Society of Australia was founded in 1989 to bring together lovers and admirers of Jane Austen in this part of the world. We number academics and scholars amongst our members, but we are mostly enthusiastic amateurs who meet to discuss the genius of Austen and to explore the era that gave rise to her.
Although based in Sydney, JASA has members in all states of Australia and overseas, and we warmly welcome visitors to our meetings. We have 5 meetings throughout the year, a lunch in December to celebrate both Jane Austen’s birthday and Christmas, an annual conference, an informal Country Weekend, a Study Day and occasionally a Special Event to celebrate a particular Austen occasion.
Twice a year, in June and December, we publish a members’ magazine, JASA Chronicle, a journal, Sensibilities, with papers from our conferences and meetings, and in March and September a newsletter, Practicalities, to keep members up to date with Austen and JASA related news and events.
JASA runs a members’ library and JASA Press has published several books, which are available to buy through our merchandising enterprise Regency Fair. Regency Fair carries a range of Austen-inspired items like stationery, teatowels, bookmarks, specialty publications and novelty gifts. Items can be purchased at the Sydney meetings or ordered through our member publications.