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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 a photo.25 May 2019 7:40 am
#OnThisDay in 1817, Jane Austen left this house for the final time. She left to stay in Winchester, closer to her doctor, where she died just a few weeks later. On 24 May in 2017, Lucy Worsley joined us to pay tribute to Jane, exactly 200 years after she took this final journey.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a link.19 May 2019 6:10 am
Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817 at the age of 41. To commemorate the anniversary of her death, here are some surprising and interesting facts about the author of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a post.10 May 2019 6:31 am
#OnThisDay in 1814, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen was first advertised in The Star newspaper. Seen here is the title page from one of our first editions. #AustenTreasures
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a photo.5 May 2019 11:11 pm
The front elevation of Jane Austen’s House is looking absolutely marvellous following conservation works to the now immaculate historic window frames. Huge thanks to our #JanesFund donors for supporting this essential restoration.
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Jane Austen Society of Australia shared a photo.5 May 2019 6:13 pm
This exquisite first edition of Mansfield Park from our collection is shown atop Jane Austen's writing table, at which she likely wrote much of it. The volumes belonged to her brother Edward, kept at his home at Godmersham Park in Kent. The books are in fine leather bindings that would have been chosen to complement his library. Read about Jane's table here: https://buff.ly/2vp97QS #AustenTreasures
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Jane Austen Society of Australia28 April 2019 10:03 pm
A small chunk of Jane Austen’s drawing room wall.