The Johnson Society of Australia

Celebrating the life and work of the 18th Century writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson and his circle.

About the JSA

How the Johnson Society of Australia was born

The gestation period for the Johnson Society of Australia was long, but far from painful.

Conception occurred in November, 1984, at a seminar held by the Council of Adult Education in Melbourne, marking the bicentenary of Johnson’s birth. After the event, three of the participants, Dr John Wiltshire, Dr Rusi Khan and Bryan Reid, began to discuss a long-held idea of Bryan’s to form a Johnson Society of Australia.

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Become a Member

Membership of the JSA is AU $50.00 per financial year (July to June )or AU $40.00 concession (pensioners, students, etc). Family membership is AU $60 for two persons. To join,…

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The JSA Logo
Dr Johnson imitating a kangaroo. © John Spooner

The JSA Logo

Our logo, reproduced by kind permission of leading Australian cartoonist and print-maker John Spooner, was inspired by the following anecdote, attributed to Carruthers, and printed as a footnote in the 1936 edition of Boswell’s Tour to the Hebrides, the first to be based on the then recently-discovered Boswell Papers at Malahide castle:

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JSA Office Bearers

Patron: Dr Gordon Turnbull, General Editor, Private Papers of  James Boswell, Yale University President: Ian Keese email : keeseian@gmail.com Vice President: John Byrne  email: jwbyrne42@gmail.com Secretary: Donna Williams: donna46@live.com.au Southern…

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