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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!

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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.

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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.

 
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.

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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.

 
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