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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 Australia20 June 2018 5:18 pm
How Lizzie Bennet got her books.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia20 June 2018 5:17 pm
Sir Walter Elliot: The Constant Reader.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia added 12 new photos.16 June 2018 11:45 pm
Thank you so much to Walter Mason who spoke today st JASA’s June meeting. A thoroughly engaging and entertaining talk, delighting our audience with information about how we can expand our ‘Zen and Sensibility’ and how we can detect wisdom, love and compassion in both Jane Austen and Buddhism. What a delightful afternoon for all of our members who came this afternoon. Thanks to all of our members, too for coming today.

If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, do think about joining us at the next one on Saturday 18 August. We always have such interesting speakers, enjoy a lovely afternoon tea and get to discuss Jane Austen with friends.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen's House Museum's photo.16 June 2018 7:28 pm
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Jane Austen Society of Australia13 June 2018 9:23 pm
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 16 June with Walter Mason presenting, “The Zen of Jane: Buddhist Lessons from the Books of Jane Austen”. Walter will take a novel and enlightening look at Jane Austen as Zen Master. How do we look at literature through new filters and what does a nineteenth century writer who probably never thought about Buddhism have to teach us about matters of mindfulness? Walter is an author and spiritual tourist and will look at how far Buddhist thought had entered Austens’s era and how reading her novels might prove thoughtful lessons in wisdom, quietness and loving kindness.

This should be a very interesting meeting and like all our JASA meetings will both entertain and inform you while you mingle in the company of other devotees of Jane Austen. New members are particularly welcome.

So please join us on Saturday at 2.00pm at the Uniting Church Hall, 7 Lord Street, Roseville. Cost $5.00 for members and guests.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Winchester Cathedral's photo.7 June 2018 9:56 pm