The latest news from the JSA

Johnson and Swift in Wales

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:November 2, 2012
  • Post Category:Latest

Our eighteenth Annual Fleeman Memorial Lecture was given at the 2012 AGM by inaugural President, Emeritus Professor Clive Probyn. Clive is a renowned international scholar of the 18the Century, specialising in Jonathon Swift and Dr Johnson.

He has also done distinguished scholarly work editing the novels of Australia’s Henry Handel Richardson, and is the winner of the prestigious Centennial Medal for Service to English and Australian Literature. He has published more than 20 books.

Clive treated members and friends to an engaging, scholarly account of Johnson’s and Swift’s view of Wales and the Welch, as revealed in their travel writings and letters.

(more…)

Continue Reading Johnson and Swift in Wales
New President for the JSA
Barrie Sheppard and John Byrne

New President for the JSA

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:November 2, 2012
  • Post Category:Latest

John Byrne is the new President of the Johnson Society of Australia, after his election at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on October 13.

John is a foundation member of the JSA, having joined at the seminar conducted in conjunction with the Council of Adult Education in Melbourne in 1993, when he was elected the Society’s Treasurer.

 

John is Australia’s leading private collector of Johnson and Johnsoniana, and was a barrister in Perth before retiring this year to his home state of Victoria, where his house in Castlemaine accommodates his book collection in a purpose-built library.

(more…)

Continue Reading New President for the JSA

2012 Fleeman Lecture at Cocktail Hour

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:June 27, 2012
  • Post Category:Latest

The Foundation President of the JSA, Emeritus Professor Clive Probyn, will be guest speaker for this year's David Fleeman Memorial Lecture. The Lecture, entitled Terra Incognita: Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson…

Continue Reading 2012 Fleeman Lecture at Cocktail Hour

Exciting program for JSA Seminar 2012

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:June 27, 2012
  • Post Category:Latest

The Johnson Society of Australia’s 2012 Annual Seminar offers an exciting program of lectures, “stub papers” and other presentations, following the pattern which has won universal support from members. The…

Continue Reading Exciting program for JSA Seminar 2012

Seminar Timetable

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:April 28, 2011
  • Post Category:Latest

17th Annual Seminar Program10:30-11am:         Registration and Morning Tea11:00-11:45am      Hester Piozzi’s Grand and Ironic Tour - Dr Chloe Chard11:45am-12:00pm Eighteenth Century words (“stub” paper) - Prof Kate Burridge12:00-12.15pm:    The Patron Saint…

Continue Reading Seminar Timetable

2011 Annual Seminar

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:April 26, 2011
  • Post Category:Latest

The 17th Annual Seminar of The Johnson Society of Australia will he held on Saturday July 9 at the usual venue, the English Speaking Union, beginning with registration at 11am and the first paper to be delivered at 11.30.
The program, which continues to follow the format introduced two years ago, comprises three full-length papers and four “stub” papers – the feature which has proved so popular with our audiences.
We are honoured this year to welcome the distinguished  scholar, Dr Chloe Chard,  a literary historian who lives in London, and who has published widely on travel writing and art criticism. Dr Chard’s paper is concerned with the book written by Mrs Hester Piozzi (Thrale) about her European tour, Observations and Reflections Made in the Course of a Journey through France, Italy, and Germany (1789). 

Other  speakers will be Daniel Vuillemin, who puts the case for a special joint biography of Samuel Johnson and Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Barbara Niven , who will talk about the development of the forte-piano in the 18th Century and its subsequent influence on music generally.

(more…)

Continue Reading 2011 Annual Seminar
How Johnson encouraged literary ladies of his time
John Wiltshire surrounded by literary ladies

How Johnson encouraged literary ladies of his time

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:March 2, 2011
  • Post Category:Latest

Our sixteenth annual Fleeman Memorial Lecture was given at the 2010 AGM by Past-President, now Vice President, Professor John Wiltshire. John, a founding member of the JSA, is an internationally renowned scholar of 18th century studies, specialising in among other things, Johnson and Jane Austen.

His lecture was entitled Samuel Johnson and Literary Ladies. John set the detail of Johnson’s involvement with female writers of his circle in the context of a time of transition: a time between the end of patronage and the eventual establishing of a readership that could provide a writer with a living.

(more…)

Continue Reading How Johnson encouraged literary ladies of his time
A visit to the Gallery not to be missed!
The Portland Vase

A visit to the Gallery not to be missed!

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:March 2, 2011
  • Post Category:Latest

JSA president Barrie Sheppard, in his other role as a recently-appointed official guide for the National Gallery of Victoria, will give a brief lecture at the Gallery on April 3 on the notorious history of the original Portland Vase, and how Josiah Wedgewood reproduced it to create his great masterpiece and in so doing established his famous jasperware.

Wedgewood’s connection with Johnson’s Lichfield will also be revealed.

(more…)

Continue Reading A visit to the Gallery not to be missed!

Vale Zaiga

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:March 2, 2011
  • Post Category:Latest

With great sadness, we record the death in September of John Wiltshire’s wife Zaiga, after a long illness. John dedicated his 2010 Fleeman Lecture to her memory. Zaiga had been a…

Continue Reading Vale Zaiga

Alliance of literary societies mooted

  • Post Author:
  • Post published:March 2, 2011
  • Post Category:Latest

President Barrie Sheppard and Secretary Barbara Niven represented the JSA at an interesting gathering in Sydney on October 8 to discuss the establishment of an alliance of Australian literary societies.

The meeting took the form of a reception at the British Consulate in Sydney, attended by about 80 people representing 11 literary groups.

(more…)

Continue Reading Alliance of literary societies mooted