Jane Austen Festival Australia 12-14 April 2019

This year we explore a few themes: 200 years since the publication of  Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey”, the 250th Anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific and one of Jane Austen’s lesser-known books, The History of England.

Mornings  Earthly Delights Historic Dance Festival
Afternoons Jane Austen Festival Australia
Friday – Georgian Pleasure Evening
Saturday – Jane Austen Regency Ball
Sunday – Biedermeier/Waverley Ball 


A varied workshop program will be offered at this festival and will include the following:

  • Learn dances for the evening balls
  • Historical hair styles
  • The secret language of the fan and handkerchief
  • Make a Georgian Hand Fan ($50, materials supplied) 
  • Georgian Sleeve Ruffles
  • Georgian Pockets
  • Fly Fringe
  • Make an easy Regency dress – day workshop
  • Regency chemisette
  • Regency Aprons
  • Ribbon Shoe Clips
  • Make a Regency Shako Hat
  • Introduction to improvised theatre – Jane Austen style
  • Crochet a Pineapple Reticule
  • Une coiffure à la française s’il vous plaît: Versailles hairstyles
  • Victorian hairstyles and beyond
  • 42nd Royal Highland Regiment Encampment
  • Spindle spinning
  • Sewing 101 – Basics for beginners
  • Learn to sing a sea shanty
  • Where was the real Northanger Abbey?
  • Mr. Tilney vs. Mr Collins: Faith in Austen’s Life and Writing
  • The History of England: from the reign of Henry the 4th to the death of
    Charles the 1st. By a partial, prejudiced, & ignorant Historian.


Please note: Earthly Delights and Jane Austen Festival Australia and its Director reserve the right to alter the program and the acts as circumstances deem necessary.