The Pioneers Association of South Australia Incorporated was founded in 1935
and has the following principal objectives:

  • To perpetuate the memory of the pioneers of early settlement in South Australia. 
  • To establish and maintain a faithful record of the pioneers for the benefit of present and future generations. 
  • To encourage the preservation of records, portraits, relics and historical materials associated with pioneer settlement. 
  • To promote awareness and knowledge of South Australian history.  
  • To affiliate with any other organisation with objectives similar to those of  the Association. 

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Wednesday 5 June

Pioneer Group Event

(Joint event with the Campbelltown Historical Society)


Speaker:  Paul Blackman              

Topic: :  “Music in the Colonial Period”

Venue:  Lochend House, Campbelltown


Events Page for details


South Australia's History Festival
27th April to 31st May 



Members Resource Area - Recent Additions


All 117 PASA Publications now available in pdf format for on-line reading


Event Reports  - Walkerville Village Walk, & 1838 Retrospective


Excerpt from Publication 101

Before the Buffalo

"The settlers of 1836, however, were by no means the first whites to set foot on South Australian soil. The first three decades of the nineteenth century witnessed considerable activity both by sea and land in that area. In 1800, Lieutenant James Grant, on an “experimental” voyage in “LADY NELSON”, a vessel of 60 tons fitted with “Sliding Keels”, sighted and named Mounts Gambier and Schank, and Capes Banks and Northumberland. Grant made no landing in the area."



Membership is open to any person with an ancestor who arrived in South Australia
by and including December 28th 1846

Spouses of members may become associate members.  The Association currently has over 700 members. 

Our patron is His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC,
Governor of South Australia.