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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 Australia7 December 2018 11:14 pm
Jane Austen plaque unveiled.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia3 December 2018 10:06 pm
2019 Calendar

Our JASA website has now added all of the 2019 events.

Please have a look at the programme we have organised for 2019 as we have some fabulous events and fascinating talks planned for our members. It is shaping up to be an exciting year once again for JASA.

Some events will be for members only, so if you are not a member, head to our membership page and find out how you can become a member and ensure that you are part of these wonderful events.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen's House Museum's photo.2 December 2018 10:39 pm
On this day in 1802, Jane Austen accepted a proposal of marriage from Harris Bigg-Wither but after a sleepless night, Jane withdrew her acceptance. Although the match would have been advantageous to Jane and her family and would have secured their financial situation, had this marriage taken place Jane may not have written her novels.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia2 December 2018 11:51 am
JASA Christmas Lunch

Our JASA Christmas lunch and celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday on Saturday 15th December is fast approaching so if you have not made your booking yet, please do so as soon as possible as bookings must close on 4th December.

Our special guest speaker this year will be Katrina Hadjimichael, a quilter and maker of the Jane Austen Quilt Collection.

Lunch will be held at the York Events Conference Centre, 99 York Street, Sydney at a cost of $55 for members and $60 for non-members with drinks at own cost.

Booking forms and information can be found on the JASA website; the link is included below.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Winchester Cathedral's post.29 November 2018 6:38 am
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to help us create a lasting tribute to Jane Austen.

Acclaimed sculptor Martin Jennings will create a bronze statue that will stand in the Cathedral's Inner Close for all to enjoy. Find out how you can help on our website: http://bit.ly/2Kt4TyC
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Winchester Cathedral
We are thrilled to announce the launch of a fundraising campaign to help us create a lasting tribute to Jane Austen. Acclaimed sculptor Martin Jennings will create a bronze statue that will stand in the Cathedral's Inner Close for all to enjoy. Find out how you can help on our website: http://bit.ly/2Kt4TyC
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Jane Austen Society of Australia29 November 2018 6:36 am
Winchester Cathedral is now creating a new statue of Jane Austen.