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. JASA is planning two very special events to mark this important anniversary.
High tea and Entertainment at Magnificent Curzon Hall, Marsfield,
A Choral Evensong Celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen.
High tea and Entertainment at magnificent Curzon Hall, Marsfield. Sunday July 16 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Our distinguished guest speaker for the event will be Paul Brunton, OAM, FAHA, and Emeritus Curator of the State Library of NSW. In his 40 years at the Library, Paul presided over the acquisition of more than 40,000 collections and millions of items.
A delicious afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and savoury food, plus a glass of wine, will be provided to make our celebration a memorable one. There will be talks, a Jane Austen picture montage, music (an excerpt from a new ‘Jane Austen Suite’ composed especially for the bicentenary year), and the usual friendship and fellowship of JASA.
The event is now fully booked, however if you wish to be placed on a waiting
list please contact Jill Rogers, email@example.com Click here to download a flyer/booking form.
A Choral Evensong Celebrating the life and work of Jane Austen. Sunday 30th July 4:00 PM.
St James’ is the oldest church building in the City of Sydney and has been in continuous use from its consecration on 11 February 1824 to the present.
Join us for a beautiful Choral Evensong and worship in this historic location.
St. James’ Anglican Church, 173 King Street, Sydney.
Other Events to mark this occasion
Talk by Susannah Fullerton: Jane Austen: 200 Years On. Ashfield Library, 11.00am 14 July
Talk by Susannah Fullerton: Jane Austen: 200 Years On. Art Gallery of NSW, 2.00pm 17 July
Talk by Susannah Fullerton: Why we should still be reading Jane Austen 200 years after she died. State Library of NSW, 12.00pm 18 July
Please contact these venues to book.
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.
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.