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

Non-profit organisation

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.

Hilary Davidson’s new book, titled ‘Dress in the age of Jane Austen’.

Dress in the age of Jane Austen.

Jane Austen Society of Australia

October JASA Meeting Whilst it wasn’t the meeting our JASA members were expecting, we were fortunate enough to have our president, Susannah Fullerton rescue us with a wonderful talk, titled, ‘Bad Mr Wickham’. It was a thoroughly entertaining talk, which included three excerpts from Adrian Lukis’s show titled, ‘Being Mr Wickham’. JASA members were lucky to experience this talk given by Susannah; a talk that has never before been heard in Australia. Susannah worked extremely hard at the last minute to prepare this fabulous talk...under extremely difficult circumstances. Thank you to Susannah, not just for this talk, but for the…

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM OUR PRESIDENT, SUSANNAH FULLERTON. Dear JASA Member, We are most disappointed to have to inform you that Adrian Lukis is in hospital with a serious infection and has had to cancel his planned visit to Australia. He sends his most sincere apologies to all, and hopes to come next year instead. As you know, our regular Saturday meeting was to include an interview with Adrian. The meeting will still be held at the usual venue and the cost will be the usual $5. I will give a talk on 'Bad Mr Wickham', and there will be discussion…

Jane Austen Society of Australia

ADRIAN LUKIS EVENT - SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER Venue: Uniting Church Hall, 7 Lord St, Roseville. Our very exciting October meeting, Meet Mr Wickham with Adrian Lukis will be held this Saturday, 19 October and from many of your responses it is obvious that there is a good deal of excitement brewing. If your circumstances have changed and you are no longer able to attend please email Teri McMillan immediately. The doors to the hall will be opened at 1.00pm to allow the JASA committee and the catering committee time to set up and prepare the hall and names will need…