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2017 Fleeman Lecture Print E-mail
Written by Ian Keese   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 12:32

2017 Fleeman Lecture

The 2017 Fleeman Lecture will be held on Saturday 11 November, beginning at 3:00 pm following the AGM.

This year's distinguished lecturer is Professor Karen Green from Melbourne University who will focus on the 18th Century Historian, Catherine Macaulay and her relationship with Samuel Johnson. The venue (to be confirmed) will be the Robert White Meeting Room at the Scots Church,Collins Street.

Exciting New Publication Print E-mail
Written by Ian Keese   
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 16:27

We are pleased to advise that Professor Kate Burridge's Fleeman Lecture, 'Magnificence of Promises': Samuel Johnson and advertising has now been published. This is a fascinating exploration of the early history of advertising in England, and includes eleven reproductions of eighteenth century advertisements. The essay opens with Johnson's quote from The Idler 'Promise, large Promise, is the soul of an advertisement'

Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Copies are available for $A35.00, including postage form The Secretary, Johnson Society of Australia, PO Box 79, Doncaster, VIC, 3108 Australia

JSA 2016 Seminar Print E-mail
Written by Ian Keese   
Thursday, 30 June 2016 16:52

The Johnson Society of Australia Inc
Annual Seminar
Saturday 30 July 2016
11:00 am—4:00 pm  (Registration from 10:30 am)

The English Speaking Union
146 Toorak Rd West  South Yarra
$30 members and $35 non-members 
Includes tea, coffee and lunch. Drinks available at Bar prices

Major Papers

The Obelisk and the Asterisk by Professor Kate Burridge

This will explore the way certain ‘less acceptable’ words were classified in some of the dictionaries that preceded Samuel Johnson’s masterpiece.

‘Milking the Bull’ – Samuel Johnson, David Hume and Religious belief by Ian Keese

This will look at aspects of Johnson’s sometimes troubled relationship with religious belief.

Shorter Presentations:

These will include Professor Tim Entwisle, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria talking about he discovered Samuel Johnson and the influence Johnson has had on him and the lexicographer Nick Hudson engaging participants in an exploration of what Johnson know about grammar.

Join a wide range of people for enjoyable scholarship

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2016 Fleeman Lecture Print E-mail
Written by Ian Keese   
Saturday, 03 September 2016 12:35

Professor Emeritus John Carroll on

Dr Johnson and the Great Anglo Tradition

5:00 pm, Saturday 15th October

Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane Melbourne

John Carroll’s work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society.

He will be arguing that England produced the two things that have made the modern world: industrialisation and parliamentary democracy. It developed the language that has become universal. From Waterloo on, it has not lost a major war. A particular culture has framed this achievement, one projected by leading figures from Tyndale and Shakespeare to Darwin and Churchill. Dr Johnson has a special place in the Anglo pantheon.

His recent books include: 'The Wreck of Western Culture—Humanism Revisited' and 'The Existential Jesus'; His latest book  'Land of the Golden Cities—Australia’s Exceptional Prosperity and the Culture that Made It' will be published this year .


For more information about this event or the Johnson Society, contact the Secretary, Ian Keese: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

2016 Gallery visit to see examples of 18th Century Art Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 05 March 2016 07:37

The annual visit for members and friends of the Johnson Society to see examples of eighteenth century art will take place at the National Gallery of Victoria on the afternoon of Sunday 10 April 2016. This year we will be looking at a special exhibition of Eighteenth Century Porcelain Sculpture, carefully selected from the Gallery’s rich collection.

The NGV has particularly rich holdings of eighteenth-century porcelain sculpture, including a number of rare and important works by Continental and English factories. This is the first large-scale https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/eighteenth-century-porcelain-sculpture/

Please meet at NGV St Kilda Road on the inside of the Water Wall at 2:15 for 2:30 start.

Details of the 2016 Seminar and 2016 Fleeman Lecture will be available soon

Eighteenth century porcelain sculpture at the NGV

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