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The Jane Austen Society of Australia

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.

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Although 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

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We are a volunteer membership association run by Jane Austen lovers for Jane Austen fans. We have around 500 members in Australia and overseas - come and join us at a meeting in Sydney, or catch up with one of our groups around Australia.

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February Meeting Thank you very much to Karen Green for stepping in to speak at our first meeting for 2020. We appreciate Karen giving a talk at such short notice on a very different and interesting topic, titled ‘On Getting a Reputation: Jane Austen and Catharine Macaulay’. Karen spoke about how the celebrated eighteenth-century, republican historian, Catharine Macaulay came from a family, the Sawbridges, that was closely connected with Jane Austen’s, through the adoption of Edward Austen by the Knights of Godmersham. Karen discussed the evidence for this connection and used the relationship between these two women to raise the…

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Janet Todd writes about The Restless Comedy of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Last Novel.

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