Frances Adamson SA Governor General Pioneers SA is proud to have the patronage of Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia.


Pioneers SA membership is open to any person with an ancestor who arrived in

South Australia up to and including 28 December 1846.


A member's partner is welcome to join as an Associate Member.

The Association currently has approximately 700 members. 

Click HERE to find out about Donations, Gifts and Bequests




July 2024


Monday 22 July  10.00am – 12.00pm

E24-08  SameShips Special Event – “John Pirie”
Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide


The John Pirie was the first ship to depart England for South Australia in 1836, but as the smallest and slowest ship in the fleet it was overtaken and didn’t arrive until after two of the other ‘first fleet’ ships.  Described by one of the passengers as a ‘washing tub steered with a tiller’, the John Pirie was named after her owner, a strong supporter of the Wakefield system that formed the basis for the formation of the new colony.  Join us for morning tea and a presentation by Anthea Taylor about the ship, its voyage, and some of its passengers.


Maximum: 40 people
Cost: $5 members; $10 guests

August 2024

Monday 12 August  12.00pm – 2.00pm
 Lunch meeting

Guest Speaker: Alan Atkinson – “The Trials of Billy Freeman”
Westbourne Park Uniting Church
27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn
Alan will introduce us to his ancestor, Billy Freeman, a child convict who laboured for his freedom in NSW before joining Sturt’s overland cattle drive to South Australia.  Settling in the Adelaide Hills, Billy lived a full & colourful life in the shadow of the official discrimination meted out to ex-convicts in the new province.  Alan’s book will be available for purchase on the day. Please bring your own lunch and join us for this entertaining presentation.
Cost:  $5 members; $10 guests
Maximum: 100 people



Wednesday 28 August  10.30am
SM-05  Same Ships – George Washington
Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide


Maximum: 15 people
Cost: $2


Email bookings to

September 2024

Annual General Meeting & Special General Meeting

Monday 23 September 6.30pm (Doors open at 6pm. Please arrive early to facilitate registration)


Christ Church

62-72 Jeffcott St, North Adelaide


Guest Speaker:  Cheryl Williss – Who We Are: Miss Mabel Marryat and the Genesis of the Pioneers Association of SA


There is no charge to attend these meetings, but to assist with catering please email bookings to



Wednesday 25 September  10.30am – 12.30pm

SM-06 Same Ships: Baboo


Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Maximum 15 people

Cost $2

Pioneers SA welcomes guests to our events
Payment methods:

i.   Pay by EFT, click HERE for the BSB and account details. Include name & event code in description.

ii.  Phone Pioneers SA (08 8231 5055) during our opening hours and pay by credit card over the phone.

iii. Personally bring the cash into Pioneers SA during open hours, click HERE for the address details.

Book an event by emailing the details to . Bookings close 7 days prior to event. 

The Pioneers Association of South Australia Inc.


Suite 4, Level 2

Stafford House

25 Leigh Street, Adelaide


Phone: (08) 8231 5055                           Email: 


Opening Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.


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