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2011 Annual Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 26 April 2011 10:37

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.

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Seminar Timetable Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Thursday, 28 April 2011 10:38

17th Annual Seminar Program

10:30-11am:         Registration and Morning Tea
11:00-11:45am      Hester Piozzi’s Grand and Ironic Tour - Dr Chloe Chard
11:45am-12:00pm Eighteenth Century words (“stub” paper) - Prof Kate Burridge
12:00-12.15pm:    The Patron Saint of Grub Street (“stub” paper)  - Bryan Reid
12:15-1:30pm       LUNCH
1:30--2:15pm        "The only man whom I call a friend" -  Daniel Vuillermin
2:15-3:00pm         “A kettle maker's instrument"? - Barbara Niven
3:00-3.30pm                          AFTERNOON TEA
3:30-4 pm             A reading - Bronwen Hickman
4:00-4:15 pm         A collector’s treasure - John Byrne

 
A visit to the Gallery not to be missed! Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:20

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.

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How Johnson encouraged literary ladies of his time Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:24

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.

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Vale Zaiga Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:17

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 long-time member of the JSA and regularly attended meetings, even when her health was failing, and endeared herself to all those she met. She was a brilliant mathematician and economist during a long academic career.

All our members will join us in extending our deepest sympathy to John and his family. Our President Barrie Sheppard and committee member Bryan Reid represented the JSA at Zaiga’s funeral.

 
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