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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 a photo.8 March 2019 9:10 pm
"Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands" - Jane Austen (Persuasion, 1818) #IWD2019
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Jane Austen Society of Australia23 February 2019 7:37 am
20 years after BBC’s Pride and Prejudice.
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20 years after Pride And Prejudice, cast and crew reveal secrets
It will always be best remembered for the famous scene in which Mr Darcy emerges from the lake at Pemberley, his Derbyshire estate, in a wet shirt, but the dramas that went on behind the scenes as the series was being filmed were almost as compelling as those on screen.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia20 February 2019 6:12 am
Missing six lines from Jane Austen’s letter discovered.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia16 February 2019 10:53 pm
February JASA Meeting

Enormous thanks to our first JASA speaker for the year, Sheila Kindred, who presented a talk today titled, ‘Presenting Fanny Palmer, Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister’.

Sheila recounted Fanny Palmer’s story, where she led an extraordinary, roving naval life as a genteel young woman during the Napoleonic Wars. Sheila discussed the way in which Fanny appeared to have influenced Austen’s creation of female naval characters in Persuasion. Thank you for enlightening JASA members with Fanny’s fascinating story.

If you are not a member or haven’t renewed yet, then head to our website for details for how to join: jasa.com.au

Be sure to find out all of the wonderful events we have planned for you this year. Our next event is on Saturday 27 April where Kenneth Park discusses the architecture of the Jane Austen era.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia16 February 2019 7:43 am
Sanditon Casting News.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a photo.11 February 2019 9:32 pm
The top picture is Colin Firth as George VI and Jennifer Ehle as Mrytle Logue in 'The King's Speech' (2010), the bottom is the two starring as Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in 'Pride and Prejudice' (1995).
Not quite a ten year challenge, given that Jennifer Ehle has been made to look much older than she is, but still a charming comparison.
It's lovely to imagine the two of them as Lizzy and Darcy in their later years.