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Geoff Brand to join JSA committee Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:38

Geoff Brand, a zoologist turned bookseller and literary connoisseur, has been co-opted to the committee of the JSA.

Geoff, who holds a Doctorate in Zoology, specializing in marine biology, had been a university lecturer and a Victorian State Government scientists before he took a quantum leap to become a bookseller in Queenscliffe in 1990.

There, one of his customers, Bryan Reid told him about the Johnson Society, and his interest was reinforced by his friendship with our new president, Barrie Sheppard, who has a holiday home in nearby Point Lonsdale.

Geoff joined the JSA in 1995 and the following year, delivered the first of his four papers to the Annual Seminar. All but three of these have been inspired by his interest in 18th Century science.

Vale Anne Calvert Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:48

Sadly, we record the death of Anne Calvert, a long-time member of the JSA, who died in December after a long illness.

Anne joined the JSA in 1995, and made a huge contribution to the Society with her work in designing and producing the earliest editions of The Papers from 1997, through the desktop publishing classes she conducted at Holmesglen College of TAFE, Melbourne.

Her efforts not only served a useful educational purpose but also kept costs to a minimum and so enabled the Papers to be published. Anne will be sadly missed by JSA members.

Special Art Gallery visit for JSA members Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:47

A visit to the National Gallery of Victoria has been arranged for JSA members on Sunday May 30 at, 2:15 pm, when a senior Gallery guide will give a detailed account of Reynold’s portrait of Miss Susanna Gale, before the picture in the Eighteenth Century Room

We will meet inside the Water Wall on the St Kilda Road entrance. The tour is free, and members who wish can gather for afternoon tea in one of the Gallery’s cafés.

Reveiew: John Wiltshire's The Making of Dr Johnson Print E-mail
Written by Barrie Sheppard   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:42

John Wiltshire. The Making of Dr Johnson, Helm Information, Great Britain, 2009

2009, Johnson’s tercentenary year, saw the publication of three biographies for the popular market. And one scholarly work on the making of biographies – our own John Wiltshire’s The Making of Dr Johnson.  John’s book deals with the biographies, anecdotes, memoirs, pictures, and lampoons that have created our conception of the Great Cham. It’s the ‘the story of how Samuel Johnson was made into Dr Johnson’. The book is also an implicit analysis of the craft of making biographies.

John Byrne lectures on Johnson and Australia Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010 20:52

Samuel Johnson and the Wide Brown Land was the Title of a lecture given by our Western Idler,  John Byrne, on March 17 to the institute of Advanced Studies at the university of Western Australia.

In the lecture, John discussed the faint but fascinating presence of Johnson and his circle in this continent, from the earliest days of English exploration and settlement on the east coast, through to the growth of Johnsonian scholarship to the present day.

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