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




Monday 17 June 2-4pm
Members meeting - discuss revised draft constitution.
Onsite at Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide and 

online via ZOOM.
Contact or phone 8231 5055 if you intend to participate in person or via ZOOM.



Wednesday 26 June 10.30am
SM-04  Same Ships - Ariadne
Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide
Maximum: 15 people
Cost: $2
Please email bookings to .

Friday 28 June 6.00pm
E24-07   Annual Dinner
Royal Coach Motor Inn
24 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town.
Guest Speaker: Dawn Jennifer
Topic: “Refuge of Last Resort”: the women who gave birth in the Destitute Asylum, Adelaide.

From the late 1850s until 1918, the Destitute Asylum, Adelaide, provided lying-in relief for pregnant, destitute women with nowhere else to turn. Until the early twentieth century, this was the only public place in South Australia that provided for the confinement of destitute women who could not afford the alternative - a home birth at a private address with an independent nurse or midwife. This talk will explore the events that led up to the construction of the Lying-in Department in the late 1870s, the circumstances that influenced a woman’s admission and length of stay, and the outcomes for the mothers and their infants upon discharge.

Maximum: 100 people
Cost: $75 members, $80 guests (includes drink on arrival, 3 course dinner, tea/coffee)


Parking: Pioneers SA has arranged additional parking for members and guests at the Econo Lodge East Adelaide - 27 Dequetteville Terrace, Kent Town (just across Flinders Street from the Royal Coach Hotel).

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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