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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.

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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen's House Museum's album.19 February 2018 9:06 pm
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Jane Austen Society of Australia added 36 new photos.17 February 2018 10:19 pm
JASA February Meeting

What a fabulous way to begin our 2018 programme. Thank you to Professor Chris Browne, who presented a fascinating talk, where he detailed the contents of his personal library, consisting of over 12, 000 volumes. Professor Browne spoke to an envious crowd about the Jane Austen related items in his collection, as well as many other items related to Jane Austen. It was a real treat for those who attended, actually being able to feel and look through these rare editions. His book collection is truly amazing and we thank him for his generosity and for his time today.

Our next JASA event will be our JASA celebration day, which will be held on Saturday 17 March. If you haven’t booked for this exciting event, do so quickly as places are filling fast.

Thank you to all who attended today. What an exciting year of events we have coming up. If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, do come along and enjoy talking with friends and discussing Jane Austen!
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Susannah Fullerton's post.17 February 2018 11:15 am
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Jane Austen Society of Australia14 February 2018 9:19 pm
Sense and Sensibility at State Theatre Company, South Australia. Tickets on sale now.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia14 February 2018 9:17 pm
Sense and Sensibility at Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets on sale.