The Jane Austen Society of Australia Inc.
The Jane Austen Society of Australia Inc (JASA) was established in 1989, and since then we have grown to be Australia’s largest literary society, with around 600 members in Australia and overseas.
We are a volunteer membership association run by Jane Austen enthusiasts aiming to promote and encourage knowledge of Jane Austen’s works and her life and times. Find out how to become a member of JASA.
We are interested in Jane Austen’s life, her writings and the era that gave shape to them both. We meet regularly in Sydney and have groups around Australia, and produce our major publications Chronicle and Sensibilities twice each year in June and December, and our newssheet Practicalities, which comes out in March and September.
The Jane Austen Society of Australia Inc. is incorporated under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 1984. Download our association Rules.
Patron: Professor Yasmine Gooneratne, AO
Founder and Past President: Nora Walker
President: Susannah Fullerton, OAM, FRS(N)
Susannah Fullerton has been President of JASA for over 20 years. She is a well-known lecturer on famous writers and their works, leads literary tours to the UK, USA, Italy and France for Australians Studying Abroad. She is the author of Jane Austen and Crime, A Dance with Jane Austen, Happily Ever After Celebrating Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Brief Encounters: Literary Travellers in Australia, and her new memoir Jane & I: A Tale of Austen Addiction. Susannah has also written and narrated two audio CDs, Finding Katherine Mansfield about the life and works of New Zealand’s greatest writer, and Poetry to Fill a Room.
JASA is run by a volunteer committee, with nominations invited from members and committee members elected at the AGM in Sydney in February each year.
The current committee consists of:
President – Susannah Fullerton
Vice President – Jenny Reeves
Treasurer – Elizabeth Budge
Secretary – Dianne Speakman
Membership Secretary – Teri McMillan
Editorial Officer – Joanna Penglase
Publicity Officer – Suzi Chosid
General Committee member – Amanda Jones
As a not-for-profit society, JASA relies on many volunteers to keep things running smoothly, so don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute in some other way to the Society.