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. 


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

Do you have an ancestor that arrived in SA before 28 Dec 1946? If you do, you could become a member. Find out about membership benefits.

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We have over 800 items related

to SA pioneering history.

Join us at one of our upcoming events. See our full events calendar for details.

Pioneers Assoc of SA

Suite 4, Level 2, Stafford House

25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Opening Times: Tue & Thurs 10am - 2pm

On behalf of the members of The Pioneers Association of South Australia, we acknowledge the sadness felt by many at the recent death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. We celebrate his life, much of which was lived in the public spotlight. But foremost he was a loyal life partner to his wife Queen Elizabeth, father to their four children, and a grandfather and great grandfather to many. He also gave generously of his time to many causes in the United Kingdom, throughout the Commonwealth and in Australia and South Australia. His life was well lived. Vale.


Our Patron, the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, AC, shared the following.  

A statement from His Excellency the Governor upon the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

"It is with great sadness that I have learned of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

Throughout his long life Prince Philip set an outstanding example of public service and dedication, leavened by a larrikin spirit which endeared him to many. 

His charity work, especially the Duke of Edinburgh awards established in 1956, have directly benefitted many young Australians.

His Royal Highness’s support for Her Majesty the Queen in her role as sovereign was unstinting throughout a life lived together, from their courtship to his death, in the public eye.

I know I speak for many in extending my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty and all members of the Royal family and will be writing to Her Majesty to express our condolences.

Condolence books will be available at Government House for signature by members of the public from 9am, Saturday 10 April 2021."
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The Royal Wedding, 20 Nov 1947

Marriage certificate for HRH Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip, Nov 1947.

HRH Queen Elizabeth & HRH Prince Philip, Nov 1947.

13 April (Tuesday) 10am - Fully booked

E21-05 - Junior Pioneers

Celebrating 21 years of Junior Pioneers in PASA.

Tour of Government House

Cost: Free - Limited to 40 people.


14 April (Wednesday) 10am-12pm

E21-06 – SameShips, Charles Kerr 1840

Convener: Karina Hutchesson

Venue: Pioneers SA, 2nd Floor Stafford House, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Cost: Free – Max of 15 people.


24 April (Saturday) to 22 May (Saturday)

History Festival Event Trailblazers

Joint PASA & Royal Society of the Arts Exhibition

Open Times: 10.30 to 3.30 pm Mon to Fri, and Sat afternoons.

Venue: RSASA Rooms, 1st Floor Institute Building, North Terrace. Adelaide.

Cost: Free – Max people set by venue on the day

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28 April (Wednesday) 12-2pm

E21-07 - Lunch Meeting, 1840 Retrospective

Topic: Retrospective 1840, 180 years on - members present 3 minute pioneers’ stories and events from this year.

Venue:  Walkerville Uniting Church Hall.

Cost: Members $2, Guests $5 – Max of 50 people.

Bring packed lunch.


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Pioneers Assoc. of SA


Suite 4, Level 2, Stafford House

25 Leigh Street, Adelaide


Opening Times: Tue & Thurs 10am - 2pm

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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.