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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 Chawton House's post.7 October 2018 8:35 pm
#OnThisDay 1808 Jane Austen wrote to Cassandra from Southampton “Martha comes today; yesterday brought us notice of it, & the Spruce Beer is brewed in consequence.” Spruce beer, an alcoholic drink flavoured with essence of the spruce tree, was not only liked by Austen, but also her characters Emma Woodhouse and George Knightley, the latter giving tips on how best to brew it.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Susannah Fullerton's post.30 September 2018 6:36 pm
JASA Desperate Walkers Event.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared Jane Austen's House Museum's photo.27 September 2018 8:41 pm
We’re thrilled to today unveil our very own replica of Jane Austen’s Pelisse coat at #jasnaagm2018 in Kansas City. Visit the Regency Room to view the beautiful garment, constructed for us by textile historian Hilary Davidson. After the AGM, the pelisse will be on show at the Museum. Thank you Hilary and thank you Jane Austen Society of North America! #AustenPelisse
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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?
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a link.15 September 2018 12:31 am
Where the prose gets made.
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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.