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.


JASA Brisbane program 2020


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

2020 Calendar of Events.

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 1:30 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 1:30 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 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM