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Professor A.R. Davis who was then Head of Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney, founded the Oriental Society of Australia in 1956. The Society was established to promote the knowledge of Asia in Australia and to provide a venue for scholars to present their work to their peers and to other people interested in Asia and things Asian. This was the first such organization in Australia with an Asian focus. Membership included both academic and non-academic people who were interested in the history and culture of Asia. In the early years of the Society, lectures attracted a large audience and lively discussion ensued. The annual dinner was held at Chinese restaurants in Sydney. During the academic year, monthly lectures given by Australian and overseas scholars were reported in a newsletter called the Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, later abbreviated to JOSA. After JOSA was established, the papers started to be widely circulated to subscribers, both private and institutional, in America, Asia, Australia and Europe.


Executive Committee of the Oriental Society of Australia 2015-2018

Office Bearers

President Jon Kowallis
Vice President Michael Carter
Journal Editor Jennifer Grant
Associate Editor Roman Rosenbaum
Assistant Editor Sue Wiles
Review Editor Yasuko Claremont
Honorary Secretary Seiko Yasumoto
Honorary Treasurer Nicholas Hardwick
Assistant Treasurer Shirley Chan

Executive Members

Duk-Soo Park  
Hans Hendrischke  
Jennifer Cover  
Sue Wiles  

Honorary Fellows

Mabel Lee  
Soumyen Mukherjee  
Jocelyn Chey  
Leith Morton