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 Calendar of Events.

Presenting Fanny Palmer; Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister

Sheila Kindred

Fanny Palmer, wife of Charles Austen, led an extraordinary, roving naval life for a genteel young woman during the Napoleonic Wars. She also developed an amicable relationship with Charles’s sister, Jane, through which she appears to have influenced Austen’s creation of female naval characters in Persuasion. In a talk accompanied by period illustrations, Sheila Kindred will introduce you to Fanny’s fascinating story.

Copies of Sheila’s book will be on sale at $25 each during the meeting.
When: Sat February 16 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Architecture of the Jane Austen Era

Kenneth Park

This beautifully illustrated lecture will examine the world of Jane Austen from an architectural perspective.  Jane saw firsthand the celebrated Georgian architecture of the day (especially in Bath) and the impact of great architects such as John Wood and Robert Adam. Her architectural references offer insights drawing on a wide range of buildings from the simple country parsonage to splendid country homes like Chawton House and Godmersham. Kenneth Park, curator, tour leader and lecturer shares his passion for the arts, architecture and Jane Austen.
When: Sat April 27 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