Quote of the month: July 2024

Thus imperfect are all earthly blessings; the great effect of friendship is beneficence, yet by the first act of uncommon kindness it is endangered, like plants that bear their fruit and die.


Rambler, no. 64, October 27, 1750 (The requisites to true friendship)

Looking Forward to 2024

The Johnson Society of Australia enters its 31st year, being founded in Melbourne in 1993. It remains strong with 40 members, including several of the foundation members. Members reside in most Australian States and there is a strong contingent in New Zealand. They come from a variety of backgrounds but what they all share is a fascination for the eighteenth century whether it be literature, art, history or ideas and seen through the lens of Samuel Johnson.

Annual Seminar

Saturday June 8 10:30-4:30

Multipurpose Room 1 Kathleen Syme Community Centre

251 Faraday Street, Carlton


10:30 Registration. Tea/Coffee

11:00  Welcome: Barrie Sheppard, President

11:10  The ‘unclubbable’ Hawkins. A defence of Sir John    Peter Hardie

11:50  A reading of a letter from Johnson to    Hester Thrale Barrie Sheppard

12:10  Isham and the Boswell papers: a sample   John Byrne

Lunch 12:25—1:30

1:30 Oliver Goldsmith: a member of the Club   Dennis Dorwick with Bronwen Hickman

2:30 On the survival of slanguage Kate Burridge

3:00 Johnson on Friendship Paul Tankard

4:00  Closing remarks: President

4:15 Finish

$35 Members $40 Guests (Includes Lunch and Refreshments)

For catering purposes, booking is essential. For full details see the program linked here.

Friday 19th July John Byrne at Rare Book Week – “Rebuilding Johnsons’ Library” 

Saturday  14th September Fleeman Lecture: Dr Marc Mierowsky on a comparison of Samuel Johnson and Daniel Defoe

Saturday December 7th Christmas Convivial

If you would like to be kept up to date on the program please use the contact page.