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"Inviting package" on the Dictionary Print E-mail
Written by John Wiltshire   
Monday, 08 August 2005 02:39

Henry Hitchings,  Dr Johnson’s Dictionary; The Extraordinary Story of the Book that Defined the World London: John Murray, 2005, 278 pp., $44.95, ISBN 0 7195 6631 2

One of the most attractive commemorations of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language is this book, a scholarly study of the Dictionary brilliantly packaged as an inviting volume for casual reading. Organised as a series of little essays, each headed by a word and a definition from the Dictionary, it takes you through Johnson’s life at the same time as it takes you through the alphabet.

Obituary: Harold Attwood (1928-2005) Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 08 August 2005 02:28

A tribute on behalf of the JSA

by Bronwen Hickman

Members were saddened to hear of the death on June 8 of Harold Attwood, a long-time member of the Johnson Society of Australia. Harold was a gentle, softly-spoken Scot, an eminent medical man with a love of literature. As custodian of the Medical History Museum at Melbourne University, he gave a lecture to the Society ten years ago on Johnson’s lung, explaining why the medical textbook illustration long thought to have been Johnson’s lung could not have been so, and why!

Scholarly and entertaining discourse on the capital Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Tuesday, 29 March 2005 00:21

A scholarly but highly entertaining discourse, tracing the changes in spelling and typographical conventions in the 18th century was given on Saturday, September 4, after the Annual General Meeting, by Professor Richard Wendorf, Director and Librarian at the Boston Athenaeum, one of the oldest and most distinguished libraries in the United States.

2005 Seminar voted an outstanding success Print E-mail
Written by Bryan Reid   
Monday, 08 August 2005 02:21

The JSA well and truly celebrated the 250th anniversary of Johnson’s Dictionary at the Annual Seminar and Dinner on May 28.

Nick Hudson raised some interesting questions about the payment Johnson received from his bookseller publishers, and concluded that by modern monetary standards, he was well rewarded, but his personal “take” was considerable reduced by his suppor tfor the numerous dependants who lived with him at Gough Square and for his impoverished amanuenses.

JSA Website upgrade Print E-mail
Written by Sam Reid   
Thursday, 10 March 2011 08:50

After seven years in its previous incarnation, the CMS (Content Management System) software which powers the jsaust.com website has been upgraded and the content migrated from an elderly version of Mambo, a project which has now been discontinued, to Joomla, the current industry standard open source CMS.

The look and feel of the previous version of the site has been recreated in the new CMS, so the benefits of this change are mostly 'under the hood', bringing greater security and easier management. Visitors will see a tidier layout which is more compatible with a wider range of web browsers and mobile devices, and can also expect some new features which we hope to introduce in the near future.

As always, if you are experiencing any issues viewing any part of the updated site, please get in touch with me via the 'Contact Us' form and let me know.

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