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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 Austen Heritage's post.18 July 2018 11:00 pm
Today is the 201st anniversary of the death of JANE AUSTEN, a woman that has delighted, inspired and touched millions of people around the world. Her legacy today is stronger than ever and I truly am proud to be Jane's fifth great niece. I had the enormous privilege of growing up in Chawton on the ancestral estate where Jane herself lived and wrote.

This is a photograph of an image of Jane from my original copy of Chawton Manor and It's Owners, A Family History by Montagu Knight and William Austen-Leigh, published in 1911, about my childhood home, Chawton House.

Caroline Jane Knight

(Photo copyright Caroline Jane Knight)
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen's House Museum's post.18 July 2018 7:01 pm
One year on from the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. We're forever grateful to our visitors who keep Jane's memory alive.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Susannah Fullerton's post.18 July 2018 3:37 pm
Jane Austen’s novels are so readable in part because she wasn’t an ordinary kind of novelist.
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Susannah Fullerton
Jane Austen’s novels are so readable in part because she wasn’t an ordinary kind of novelist.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen 200's photo.18 July 2018 3:33 pm
Celebrating Jane Austen.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Inner West Council Library and History's post.18 July 2018 9:09 am
Joanna Penglase talk at Leichhardt library on Exotic Crime. See details below for how to book.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Susannah Fullerton's post.18 July 2018 8:46 am
Memorable quotes from Jane Austen to mark the passing of another year of her death.