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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

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.

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.

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.

Alliance of literary societies mooted Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:14

President Barrie Sheppard and Secretary Barbara Niven represented the JSA at an interesting gathering in Sydney on October 8 to discuss the establishment of an alliance of Australian literary societies.

The meeting took the form of a reception at the British Consulate in Sydney, attended by about 80 people representing 11 literary groups.

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