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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.

Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a link.15 September 2018 12:32 am
What sort of twelve-year-old already possesses, first, the curiosity to understand how words or sentences or any literary conventions work, and, second, the brilliance and confidence to parody them?
Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a link.15 September 2018 12:31 am
Where the prose gets made.
Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia10 September 2018 9:10 pm
JASA September Event

An Outing for
Desperate Walkers

Sunday 30 September 2018 from 10am-11.30am.

Jane Austen described herself and her good friend Martha Lloyd as desperate walkers. They were always hoping for favourable weather so they could get out and about and enjoy the freedom and the fresh air.

Join Susannah Fullerton and other keen JASA walkers on a literary stroll through
Waverley Cemetery.

Visit the graves of prominent Australian literary figures such as Dorothea MacKellar, Henry Lawson and Henry Kendall and listen to some of their works read aloud. Look out to sea and listen to a reading from Sanditon. We hope you will come along and enjoy this different JASA experience.

You do NOT need to book for this event. Just come on the day.
Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia4 September 2018 1:42 pm
First edition of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is up for sale.
Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia shared BBC iPlayer's video.3 September 2018 9:09 pm
We'd be straight into the lake after Colin! *Swoon* 😍😍😍
Jane Austen Society of Australia
BBC iPlayer
We'd be straight into the lake after Colin! *Swoon* 😍😍😍
Jane Austen Society of Australia
Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a link.26 August 2018 10:28 pm
Virtues like courage and moderation are character traits that reveal themselves when one is faced with great adversity or great pleasure.