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New venue for AGM Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 15 September 2014 11:59

There will be a new venue for the 2014 JSA Annual General Meeting and David Fleeman Lecture, to be given by our Patron Dr Gordon Turnbull, on October 25.

The AGM will begin at 3.30pm sharp, and the Fleeman Lecture at 5pm.

The meeting will be held at Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, between Queen Street and Market Street. Trams serve both Flinders Street and Collins Street from either Southern Cross or Flinders St stations.

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Varied program for 2014 seminar Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Friday, 22 August 2014 11:02

The fascinating story of Four Oaks Farm, where for over 60 years Donald and Mary Hyde built the great Johnson Collection, now held at Harvard, was a feature of the JSA’s 2014 seminar, held on July 5.

The paper was given by John Byrne, President of the JSA who corresponded with Mary Hyde for twenty years, and served with her as Governor of Dr Johnson's House. Last year at the Houghton Library, Harvard, he was given private access to the Hyde treasures.

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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.

 
Wit and scholarship for the 20th  Fleeman Print E-mail
Written by Paul Tankard   
Monday, 30 December 2013 11:29

Kate Burridge: “Magnificence of Promise”: Johnson, advertising and the anodyne necklace

Complaints about advertising are a mainstay of cultural criticism, and we should not be surprised that Samuel Johnson should have cast a wry and critical eye upon advertising in his own time.  This was the subject of the JSA’s twentieth annual Fleeman Memorial Lecture, given a witty and scholarly treatment by Professor Kate Burridge of Monash University.

According to Prof. Burridge,  readily identifiable advertisements were printed by Caxton, making the practice as old as printing in England.  But the growth of consumerism and of newspapers in the eighteenth century meant that the number and range of advertisements grew rapidly over Johnson’s lifetime.
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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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