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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 Australia18 August 2018 6:57 am
Pride and Prejudice house is up for sale.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen's House Museum's photo.17 August 2018 9:27 pm
Teresa Trout has written a blog post about her time here at the Museum and at Chawton House. Teresa was the Jane Austen Society of North America 2018 International Visitor and is researching the Country House Novel. Read her post here: https://buff.ly/2MOx8Ir 📝
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Jane Austen Society of Australia15 August 2018 8:07 am
August Jane Austen Society of Australia

The next JASA meeting will be held on Saturday 18 August. Hilary Davidson will present a talk titled, “An Air of Elegance and Fashion: Dress in the Age of Austen”.

Jane Austen’s novels have become synonymous with early 19th century fashion, especially through filmed adaptations. But what did people in this period really wear? How Austen, her family and her characters have dressed as they moved through the countryside, villages and cities of late Georgian England? This lecture explores the world of Regency clothing to bring to life the fashionable world behind Austen’s immortal words.

The meeting will commence at 2.00pm at the Uniting Church Hall, 7 Lord Street, Roseville and is a wonderful opportunity to discuss the world of Jane Austen.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia14 August 2018 7:30 pm
Jane Austen is number 13.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared The Jane Austen Centre, Bath's photo.14 August 2018 7:28 pm
"Ardently" is certainly one of our favourite words 🙂
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Chawton House's post.10 August 2018 7:53 pm
RIP Sir Francis William Austen who died #Onthisday 1865. Frank was closest in age to Jane Austen and had a successful career in the Royal Navy, rising to the illustrious rank of Admiral of the Fleet. Jane's high regard for the navy is demonstrated throughout her novels, where the noble Captain Wentworth is contrasted with the vain Sir Walter and dishonest Mr Elliot. In 1813 Jane was writing 'Mansfield Park' and asked Frank if he would "object to my mentioning the Elephant in it, & two or three other of your old Ships".