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.


You can find the programme for the Brisbane meetings by clicking on this link: JASA Brisbane program for 2018


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

2018 Calendar of Events.

In 2018, we will be having a Jane Austen celebration day. This will be a day of celebrating the fellowship and learning of being part of JASA. This event is for JASA members only and includes lunch. Numbers are limited to 100, so if you would like to attend, use this form: 2018 Membership Form

JASA’s 2018 weekend conference will be held at Pavilion on Northbourne Hotel in Canberra from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 July 2018. Join us as we
celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

The booking form can be downloaded here: Weekend Conference Booking form Jul18

JASA Celebration Day

A day of fun, games, learning about the history of JASA and the treasures of its library, discussions, and good fellowship. Lunch and morning tea included.
When: Sat March 17 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

“Jane Austen and Medieval Women: What on earth do they have in common?" Penny Nash

Not much appears to be in common between women who lived 200 years ago and those who lived 800 years before them. Fashions, lifestyles, careers, belief systems and marriage customs, among other things, changed. However, what was a common. deep concern was the management of possessions, especially land, the source of wealth and the means to stability. This talk reveals the remarkably similar worries about property that plagued Jane Austen, her female characters and medieval women.
When: Sat April 21 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

“The Zen of Jane: Buddhist Lessons from the Books of Jane Austen” - Walter Mason

A novel and enlightening look at Jane Austen as Zen master. How do we look at literature through new filters, and what does a nineteenth century writer who probably never thought about Buddhism have to teach us about matters of mindfulness? Walter Mason, author and spiritual tourist, looks at how far Buddhist thought had entered Austen’s era and how reading her might prove thoughtful lessons in wisdom, quietness and loving kindness.
When: Sat June 16 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

"Persuasion: Piercing Souls for 200 Years”- Weekend conference in Canberra

NAFAS lecturer and actor Karin Fernald, Austen scholars Dr Sheryl Craig and Dr Jocelyn Harris, are just some of those on the program for our 2018 conference. This promises to be a superb conference.
When: Fri July 6 6:30 PM - Sun July 8 4:00 PM

“An Air of Elegance and Fashion: Dress in the Age of Austen” - Hilary Davidson

Jane Austen’s novels have become synonymous with early 19thC fashion, especially through filmed adaptations. But what did people in this period really wear? How would Austen, her family and her characters have dressed as they moved through the countryside, villages and cities of late Georgian England? This lecture explores the world of Regency clothing to bring to life the fashionable world behind Austen’s immortal words.
When: Sat August 18 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

JASA ‘Desperate Walkers’ Outing

Meet at main gate of Waverley Cemetery at 10am, no booking required.
When: Sun September 30 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

“Snuff Boxes, Patch Boxes and Vinaigrettes: The Superb Silver of Jane Austen’s Time” - Anne Harbers

Antique silver gives us a window into another age. This talk will look at the enticing silver of Jane Austen’s time, including engraved patch boxes, decorated snuff boxes designed to fit in the pockets of tight Regency breeches, and little vinaigrettes, to hold a sweet smelling sponge. And for the wealthy, little personal silver nutmeg graters to show that you had your own nutmeg clove to sprinkle on a drink. Anne Harbers, expert on Georgian silver, will introduce you to Huguenot silversmiths, including Louisa Courtauld and her wonderful tea set.
When: Sat October 20 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

JASA Christmas Lunch and Jane Austen’s Birthday Celebration

Entertainment, venue and cost to be advised
When: Sat December 15 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM