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 spouse is welcome to become an associate member.

The Association currently has approximately 700 members. 

Pioneers SA Review of the Constitution


Members are invited to join a discussion to reflect on the proposed changes to Pioneers SA Constitution.  Click HERE to go to the Members Resources area, Council Information page for more information and a draft copy of the Pioneers SA Constitution.

Click HERE to find out about Donations, Gifts and Bequests

Pioneers SA

Suite 4, Level 2, Stafford House

25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Opening Times: Tue & Thurs

10 am - 2 pm


Wednesday 6 December 12 noon - 2pm

E23-23 Retrospective 1843 

Venue: Pilgrim Church Hall, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide


Our Retrospective meeting will review 1843 in South Australia. For many settlers it was a crisis year and the Municipality of Adelaide, formed in 1840, was bankrupt. Some of our members will share short stories about events of that year.


Please bring your own lunch and join us at this popular event on the Pioneers’ calendar.


Maximum: 70 people

Cost: $5 per person

Thursday 28 December 12 noon for 12.30 pm

E23–24 Proclamation Day Lunch

Venue: Glenelg Golf Club, 118 James Melrose Drive,  Novar Gardens. 


Speaker: Beth M Robertson

Topic: The Old Colonists Photographic Mosaics Collection - Its scope and significance.


Most members of the Pioneers Association will be familiar with the pair of photographic mosaics created by Henry Jones in the 1870s depicting men and women ‘Old Colonists’, most of whom arrived or were born in the first five years of the province of South Australia, 1836-1840. As Manager of Preservation at the State Library, Beth Robertson led a 15-year project, 2007-2022, to uncover, research, preserve, digitise and make available online all the library’s Old Colonists photographic mosaics, and to identify the 1,728 men and women depicted. It became clear that the collection met not one or two but every eligibility criteria of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Program for documentary heritage of significance. Beth Robertson’s presentation will illustrate the historical, stylistic and social significance of the collection, including its rarity and completeness.


Maximum: 100 people

Cost:  Members $68, Guests $73 

February 2024

Monday 12 February 2024 12 noon for 12.30 pm

 E24-01  Lunch Meeting – Dr John Woodforde
Venue: Westbourne Park Uniting Church Hall, 27 Sussex Terrace, Hawthorn
Speaker: Rob Kirk
Rob Kirk will introduce us to Dr John Woodforde, who arrived on the Rapid with his friend Colonel Light in 1836.  Dr Woodforde delivered the colony's first European babies in a tent at Rapid Bay and documented his first two years in the new village of Adelaide in his diary.  We follow early Adelaide history through his eyes as he tended the colony's ills from his house near the corner of Hindley and King William Streets.  Dr Woodforde was an early Coroner, and his son went exploring with John McDouall Stuart.  Please bring your own lunch and join us for this entertaining presentation.


Maximum: 100 people
Cost:  $5


Wednesday 28 February 2024 10.30 am

SM24-01  SameShips - Somersetshire
Venue: Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide

Maximum: 15 people
Cost: Gold coin donation
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Payment methods:

i.   Pay by EFT, click HERE for the BSB and account details.

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.

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The Pioneers Association of South Australia Inc.


Opening Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 am to 2 pm


Phone: (08) 8231 5055


Mobile: 0490 043 264

Mobile Mon to Fri 9 am-5 pm
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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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