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Variety the essence of the 2013 Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 01 July 2013 15:38

The 2013 Annual Seminar of the JSA will be held on Saturday July 6 at the English Speaking Union, 146 West Toorak Road, South Yarra, starting at 11 am. Doors open at 10.30am for registration.

There will be a highly-varied presentation of papers and readings, following the recentlyintroduced pattern  for the seminar program.

Included will be an introduction to the  music of Frederick the Great, by Barbara Niven and two major papers, one on Edmund Burke by Barrie Sheppard and one on a history of the great American Johnsonians, Donald and Mary Hyde, by our President, John Byrne. The ever-popular Nick Hudson will give a talk on Johnson, a Child of the Revolution?

“Stub” papers will be devlivered by Bryan Reid, Barbara Niven and John Wiltsire, and readings by Geoff Brand and Bronwen Hickman.

 
New Membership Category Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 01 July 2013 15:32

Members are reminded that subs for 2013-2014 are due on 1 July this year.

Following a decision at last year's AGM, a new category, Household Membership, will be introduced to cover more than one person living at the same address.

Fees for the coming year are therefore as follows:

  • Individual membership: $50.00
  • Individual concession (pensioners, students): $40.00
  • Household membership: $75.00
  • Household concession: $65.00
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Minutes of the 2012 AGM Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Friday, 02 November 2012 11:21

Minutes of the 2012 AGM are available as a PDF file here.

 
We notch up our first 20 years! Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 01 July 2013 15:17

A memorial by Bryan Reid

October 9, 2013 will mark the 20th anniversary of the foundation of The Johnson Society of Australia, at the end of a seminar at the Council of Adult Education, Melbourne.

The birth of the JSA was a somewhat prolonged, but enjoyable process. It had begun two years earlier, at a similar CAE seminar when I first met the three who helped provide the impetus for getting an Australian Johnson Society off the ground.

They were the late Dr Rusi Khan, then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Monash University, Prof Clive Probyn,  then Head of English at Monash and Dr John Wiltshire (now Professor Emeritus) then Senior Lecturer in English at Latrobe University.

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Johnson and Swift in Wales Print E-mail
Written by Barrie Sheppard   
Friday, 02 November 2012 11:18

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.

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