JASA holds regular meetings which are an opportunity for members to hear interesting speakers and discuss Jane Austen, browse the library and shop at the Regency Fair. Meetings are held in locations around Australia.


The Brisbane program will be released shortly.


The 2019 Hunter programme and events have been released and can be found here: JASHunter 2019 Program


All Sydney meetings are held at the Uniting Church Hall, 7 Lord Street, Roseville NSW unless otherwise indicated.

JASA’s 30th Birthday Party – Christmas Lunch

JASA’s 30th Birthday party will be held on Saturday 14 December, at York Events Centre, 99 York St, Sydney. 

Special guest speaker Hilary Davidson will launch her book, Dress in the Age of Jane Austen: Regency Fashion. Lunch is $60 for members, $65 for non-members (plus drinks at own cost).

Booking forms and seating allocation can be found in the links.

JASA 2019 Christmas Lunch Booking Form

JASA 2019 Christmas Lunch Seating Allocation Form

2020 Calendar of Events.

Sex and Sexuality in the Jane Austen Films - Lauren Rosewarne

Lauren Rosewarne, author of Sex and Sexuality in Modern Screen Remakes explores the part that screen adaptations of Austen novels play in this remake landscape. From the 1990s chick lit phenomenon prompting a re-evaluation of Austen's part in the Western literature canon, through to sexed-up screen presentations and modern spins in unique directions, film and TV portrayals tell a fascinating story about contemporary media production.
When: Sat February 15 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Jane Austen and Holidays

JASA Study Day, 10 – 4pm. (Members Only)
Cost - $20
Please bring your lunch for the day.

When: Sat March 21 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Buttons from Jane Austen’s Era - Robyn Caddy

Robyn has been collecting buttons for 30 years and is a member of the National Button Society of America and the British Button Society. She shares her passion for buttons of the late 18th and early 19th C. She will display a selection of buttons, including livery and sporting buttons, will describe the techniques used to make buttons, and will tell stories of acquiring them.

PLEASE NOTE: This meeting will begin at 3pm.
When: Sat April 18 2020 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Discovering Philadelphia’s Story: Researching the Life and Times of Jane Austen’s Remarkable Aunt, Philadelphia Hancock - Jan Merriman

Philadelphia Hancock was Jane Austen's father's older sister. Hers is a remarkable story: orphaned, sent to live with relatives, served as a millinery apprentice in London, and then packed off to India with ‘the fishing fleet’ to marry and then to fall in love. Jan Merriman presents a talk on her exploration of Philadelphia's life and its connection to Austen's works.
When: Sat June 20 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Health, Happiness and the 19th Century ‘Old Maid’: Jane Austen and Others Dr Joanna Penglase

“Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor”, Jane Austen, herself an 'old maid', once observed. To be poor was to be vulnerable, and to be an unmarried woman, in Austen's era, was to have little status in society. In this paper we take a look at the experience of single women – ‘old maids’ – in Jane Austen’s own life, and in her novels.
When: Sat August 15 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Seaside Follies: An Excursion to Sanditon - Michael Biddis and Louise Dilloway

This 75 minute presentation about the nature and significance of Jane Austen’s seaside novel will be enhanced through semi-dramatised readings that Michael and Louise will provide to assist a fuller appreciation of the verve and humour characterising the author’s final, uncompleted Sanditon.
When: Sat October 17 2020 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM