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/ 2019 Calendar of Events.

Our annual Christmas lunch to celebrate Jane’s birthday will be held on Saturday 15 December. The booking form and the request for seating form are now ready. Please use the links below to access the forms. JASA Christmas lunch seating request form 2018

JASA Christmas lunch booking form 2018

JASA Christmas Lunch and Jane Austen’s Birthday Celebration

Our special guest speaker this year will be Katrina Hadjimichael, a quilter and maker of the Jane Austen Quilt Collection.
Lunch will be held at the York Events Conference Centre, 99 York Street, Sydney at a cost of $55 for members and $60 for non-members with drinks at own cost.

Please note that bookings for the Christmas lunch close on Tuesday 4 December.
When: Sat December 15 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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 2019 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 2019 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM

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 2019 1:45 PM - Sun December 16 2018 9:00 AM

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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

JASA’s 30th Birthday Party

Entertainment, venue and cost to be advised.
When: Sat December 14 2019 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM