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On 18th July, 1817, Jane Austen died in the arms of her sister Cassandra. “I have lost such a treasure”, Cassandra wrote of her loss, “such a sister, such a friend as never can have been surpassed.” Cassandra had lost sister and friend, but the world had lost its greatest novelist – far, far too early! 2017 marks the anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. All over the world, people are marking the occasion and celebrating the talent and genius of Jane Austen. Exhibitions, talks, performances, discussions, church services are all being planned in order to commemorate Jane Austen and her legacy.

The Jane Austen Society of Australia is a member-based association 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.

Jane Austen imageAlthough based in Sydney, we have members in all states of Australia and overseas, and we warmly welcome visitors to our events.

We produce regular publications, have a member’s library, and sell Austen-inspired items through our Regency Fair stall at meetings.

Find out more about becoming a member of JASA, or read the latest updates from JASA’s Facebook page here.

Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Austen Heritage's post.20 August 2017 4:47 pm
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Jane Austen Society of Australia added 2 new photos.19 August 2017 9:04 pm
What an honest and thoroughly fascinating talk was given by Caroline Jane Knight today for all JASA members. The audience was simply delighted to hear Caroline share her story about growing up at Chawton House, her success as a business woman and the way in which she has created the Jane Austen Literacy Foundation. We thank Caroline for her time and for sharing her journey with all of us today.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia18 August 2017 6:40 pm
Sharing a home with Jane Austen.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia18 August 2017 10:12 am
JASA Meeting - Tomorrow, Saturday 19 July

We have been fortunate enough to secure Caroline Jane Knight, great niece of Jane Austen, five generations removed, to provide JASA members with a talk about her new memoir, 'Jane and Me: My Austen Heritage'. This a meeting that should not be missed. If you haven't been to a JASA meeting, do come along, they are always so informative and entertaining. Meetings are held at the Roseville Uniting Church Hall, cost $5 per person and start at 2pm. Make sure you do not miss tomorrow's meeting!
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Jane Austen Society of Australia12 August 2017 7:50 am
A video of people reflecting on Jane Austen and why we still read her books 200 years after she died.
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Jane Austen Society of North America 2015 AGM
Video produced by Gina Heath King for Master of Liberal Studies degree at the University of Minnesota and for the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Copyright 201...
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