A watercolour of Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra
The Jane Austen Society of Australia Inc. is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 1984.
Patron: Professor Yasmine Gooneratne AO
Jane Austen's contemporary Sir Walter Scott described her as having "...the exquisite touch, which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, from the truth of the description and the sentiment". Scott's admiration for Jane has been shared by generations of readers in all parts of the world for nearly two centuries.
The Jane Austen Society of Australia was founded in July 1989 to bring together admirers of Jane Austen in this part of the world.
We are scholars, enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals, gathering on equal terms to study and celebrate the genius of Jane Austen.
We are interested in Jane's life, her writings and the era that gave shape to them both.
Sensibilities, the journal of the Jane Austen Society of Australia, is published twice-yearly (June and December), and sent to all members free. The journal includes transcripts of presentations at JASA meetings, and other items of interest to members, including book and film reviews, and is praised for its consistently high literary standards.
Most past issues of Sensibilities can be obtained for a donation of A$5.00 each. See the Sensibilities index of articles.
For a taste of what members enjoy in Sensibilities, read short extracts from Sensibilities articles in the latest issues, or a longer extract from a talk by Penny Gay to a JASA meeting in 1994: 'Emma and the Battle of Waterloo'.
As a refereed journal, Sensibilities invites submissions from interested scholars.
Send submissions to the Referee Board, Jane Austen Society of Australia Inc. c/o
JASA Chronicle newsletter
The JASA Chronicle published twice yearly (June and December) and sent to all members free. It contains news and views, book reviews and articles by JASA members and others.
Items from the newsletter can be read on-line in JASA News.
Contributions are warmly invited and should be sent to:
Practicalities is published twice yearly (March and September) as an update of what's happening in JASA. It is sent to all members free.
Contributions to Practicalities should be sent to:
The JASA web site http://www.jasa.net.au/ is updated four times a year (around March, June, September and December) with information from JASA's publications.
Questions and suggestions about JASA's web site should be sent to:
Picture gallery: Images used on the JASA web site
Meetings & regular events
JASA organises a full Calendar of Jane Austen related events.
Ordinary meetings are held on the third Saturday of every second month at 2 pm at:
The church hall is 2 minutes walk from Roseville railway station.
Parking is available in the free car park, directly across the street from the church.
A speaker at each meeting talks on some aspect of the works of Jane Austen, or about the times in which she lived. The talk is always followed by afternoon tea and the opportunity to meet and chat with fellow Jane Austen enthusiasts.
There is a charge of $4.00 per person, which covers the cost of afternoon tea and hall rental.
There is no need to book.
Non-members are welcome.
An orientation desk operates at meetings for new members who wish to ask questions or be introduced to other members.
Those members who are unable to attend the meetings organised by the Jane Austen Society can read the talks given at meetings. These talks, and book and film reviews, are published in JASA's journal Sensibilities.
On display at every meeting is the JASA library. The library includes biographies, critical works, videos and audio tapes, sequels and completions. The library is available only to members. Books can be sent by post to any members who live out of Sydney.
Also on display at meetings is the Regency Fair. This small "shop" has items not available anywhere else in Australia, such as Jane Austen note-cards, post-cards, pens, previous issues of Sensibilities etc. There are also some recently published books, available at discount prices. Items can be ordered by post.
Other JASA Events
For a full list of coming JASA events, see the JASA Calendar.
JASA's major event is its Annual Conference. Every second year it is a weekend conference in the country. On alternate years it is a day conference held in Sydney. The conference is designed around formal lectures on a particular them or novel. A light lunch and morning and afternoon teas are included in the conference registration fee payable to JASA. For weekend conferences members book their own accommodation, using the special, discounted JASA conference packages. This event is always very popular and usually attracts international speakers.
Another annual event is the country weekend, held early each year. It is designed around small, informal discussion groups and workshops. The accommodation is twin-share with ensuite bathroom. Attendees need to bring their own linen and towels. Numbers for this event are always limited, so be sure to book early!
These informal workshops, for JASA members only, are held annually at JASA's ordinary meeting venue, the Uniting Church, Roseville. They start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm. Bring your own lunch or buy it from nearby shops in Roseville village. Tea and coffee are provided. Study days focus on a particular theme or novel and are organised around small group activities. Please bring a copy of the novel being discussed. The study days are also a popular part of JASA's yearly program, with members meeting to enjoy group discussions, acting, debating and indulging in a whole day of "talking Jane".
Jane's Birthday & Christmas Lunch
A lunch is held every year at a central Sydney location, on the Saturday closest to Jane Austen's birthdate, 16 December. There is usually some form of musical or theatrical entertainment, displays etc.
The society has a membership of well over 400 people. Most members live in Sydney but there are some interstate and overseas members as well. Members are scholars, enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals of all ages.
How to join
Or you could join in person by coming along to one of JASA's regular meetings. Look for the orientation desk where you can ask questions or be introduced to other members.
Annual dues (in Australian dollars)
Australia & New Zealand -
You can also use the JASA order form to give a Gift Membership!
Note: If the member becomes a member on or after 1 July in any calendar year, the fee paid on becoming a member shall be one half of the annual fee.
Send your JASA order form, together with cheque or money order (PAYMATE for overseas members only) to:
At the Annual General Meeting, elections are held for Committee members as follows: President, Secretary, Vice President, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer.
Current committee consists of::
President – Susannah Fullerton
Please the detailed job descriptions for the JASA committee positions. There are however a number of prerequisites that apply to all Committee Members to ensure the efficient and timely management of the Society. These are:
Nominations are invited from members, and must be sent in writing to The Secretary, reaching her one week prior to the meeting. Nominations must be accompanied by the written and signed consent of the nominee. Nomination forms are posted to members with the December publications - Chronicle and Sensibilities.
It should be noted that the current members of the Committee do NOT regard their positions as tenured! Nominations from other members are strongly encouraged.
The following positions are not elected: (though if anyone wants them... !)
JASA web site
9 January 2012