About Us
About Us Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Sunday, 13 June 2004 22:54

The Johnson Society of Australia, the first and still the only society of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, was founded in 1993 and is based in Melbourne, capital of the State of Victoria. The JSA now has members, not only in all five mainland States of Australia, but also in other countries, including the United States, Britain, New Zealand and Japan

The JSA’s main events include an annual seminar, an all-day event with a panel of four or five speakers, musical and other entertainment, as well as lunch and dinner. The annual meeting in September is also the occasion for the Fleeman Memorial Lecture, in honour of the late Dr David Fleeman, the Society’s first patron. The year ends with a Christmas party. Other occasional events might include visits to exhibitions of 18th Century art or performances of drama, film or music.

The JSA publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Southern Johnsonian, from which selected items of interest will appear in the News section of this web site.

How the Johnson Society of Australia was born Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Friday, 09 October 2009 00:22

The gestation period for the Johnson Society of Australia was long, but far from painful.

Conception occurred in November, 1984, at a seminar held by the Council of Adult Education in Melbourne, marking the bicentenary of Johnson’s birth. After the event, three of the participants, Dr John Wiltshire, Dr Rusi Khan and Bryan Reid, began to discuss a long-held idea of Bryan’s to form a Johnson Society of Australia.

JSA Office Bearers Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 14 June 2004 00:13

President: Barrie Sheppard
Vice-President: John Wiltshire
Treasurer: Barrie Sheppard
Secretary: Barbara Niven
Committee: Bryan Reid, Bronwen Hickman

Paul Tankard (Editor) and Denis Le Neuf (Publicity Officer) will continue to act ex officio.

Become a Member Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 14 June 2004 00:25

Membership of the JSA is AU $50.00 per year or AU $40.00 concession (pensioners, students, etc). Family member ship is AU $60 for two persons. To apply, download the Microsoft Word document below, print it out, fill it in, and mail it to:

Barrie Sheppard, Treasurer
The Johnson Society of Australia,
16A Regent Street
East Brighton, VIC 3187


The JSA Logo Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 14 June 2004 00:16

Our logo, reproduced by kind permission of leading Australian cartoonist and print-maker John Spooner, was inspired by the following anecdote, attributed to Carruthers, and printed as a footnote in the 1936 edition of Boswell's Tour to the Hebrides, the first to be based on the then recently-discovered Boswell Papers at Malahide castle:

About this web site Print E-mail
Written by Sam Reid   
Tuesday, 15 June 2004 01:25

This site was put together by Sam Reid using exclusively free and open source software:

Web server: Apache
Web site scripting language: PHP
Database: MySQL
Content Management System: Joomla 1.5

The site's design is based on an original Joomla Template by A4Joomla, which is licenced under the GNU GPL.

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