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.

2019 Conference

This year’s conference has the topic Jane Austen and Art, and as in recent years, will be held at the Epping Club, running from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 29th June. Speakers include Stephen Foster who will give a talk on Zoffany: The Jane Austen of English Art and Hilary Davidson who lectures in fashion culture and design. JASA member Marlene Arditto will display some needlework boxes and tools similar to those referred to in Jane Austen’s writings, so another wonderful JASA conference not to be missed. Please find the booking form attached.

Day Conference Booking Form 29 June 2019

2019 Calendar of Events.

The Governess Trade

Judith Bonzol

Jane Fairfax speaks of the governess-trade as “the sale – not quite of human flesh – but of human intellect”. While the plight of the governess became a topic of deep concern for novelists in the Victorian period, Jane Austen’s novels and letters reveal that considerable sympathy for gentlewomen forced into the ‘governess trade’ was also a Regency concern.
When: Sat June 15 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Day Conference: Jane Austen and Art

Our day conference will explore the relationship between Jane Austen and art. Stephen Foster, author of an exciting new book about the artist Zoffany, will discuss Zoffany as “the Jane Austen of English Art”. There will be talks about the ways Jane Austen used art in her novels (think of Emma’s portrait of Harriet), the exhibitions she attended, and the contemporary artists she referenced. Learn about drawing lessons for young ladies of the Regency and many other aspects of the artistic world that Jane Austen knew. This promises to be a wonderful conference – book soon.

Cost: $100 members, $110 non-members
When: Sat June 29 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

An Ideal Husband

Charles Guillan

A discussion of the men in Jane Austen’s novels: the good, the bad and the foolish. The male characters are examined and compared to determine the burning question: what are the qualities that make a man worthy of marrying a Jane Austen heroine?
When: Sat August 17 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Being Mr Wickham (to be confirmed)

Adrian Lukis

Adrian Lukis performed the role of George Wickham in the acclaimed 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. He discusses the experience of taking on that part, and answers questions from the audience about being involved in such a famous television adaptation.

Please note that this event will be for JASA members only.
When: Sat October 19 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM

An Afternoon with Jane Austen (to be confirmed)

Actor Adrian Lukis joins with Caroline Langrishe (Judge John Deed, Lovejoy) to perform duologues from Jane Austen’s novels. Come along to enjoy the comic absurdity of the Dashwoods, passionate Wentworth and his Anne, and the memorable duplicity of Mr Wickham.

Venue, time and cost to be confirmed.
When: Sun October 20 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

JASA’s 30th Birthday Party

Entertainment, venue and cost to be advised.
When: Sat December 14 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM