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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Have a look at a new event at Abbey Museum in Brisbane who are having a Regency Ball in May. See the link for tickets and information.
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JASA Celebration Day

What a fabulous day JASA members have had, celebrating not just Jane Austen, but the wonderful society they are a part of. Some of our members have actually been a member since JASA began in 1989!

Thank you firstly to all of our committee members and other members who were involved in organising the day, which included, quizzes, talks about JASA treasures, talks about books from the JASA library, Jenny Reeves’ wonderful PowerPoint, Susannah for doing a superb job organising the whole day and to Julie and Sabine for their talk on the wonderful Jane Austen items you can buy online. Thank you to those who generously offered to present a book or a treasure, we truly appreciate you participating to make our day so special.

Thank you to all of our members who attended on the day, without you, it would not have been as fun, particularly as the day involved lots of conversation and interaction with others.

If you are not a member of JASA and you would like to be a member of this wonderful literary society, go to www.jasa.com.au for more information. Our membership continues to grow, but we are always happy to accept new members.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday April 21 at 2pm, where our talk will be on ‘Jane Austen and medieval women: what on earth do they have in common?’ which will be given by Penny Nash.

If you haven’t been to a meeting in a while, do think about doing so, they really are a lot of fun and provide such interesting talks and discussion; all about our favourite author, Jane Austen.
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The Abbey Museum are recreating a Regency Ball. See the link for further details.