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. 

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



History Festival 1-31 May Take a look at the full May 2024 History Festival program


Posters Exhibition - “They Came in Ships”

Pioneers SA Office, L2, 25 Leigh Street 

Tue 7, 14 & 21 and Thu 2, 9, 16 & 23 May, 10am - 2pm

Open to members and public.

Admission free.



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)

Pioneers SA welcomes guests to our events
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.

Book an event by emailing the details to using the Event Booking Form for 1-4 people or the Event Booking Form for up to 10 people.

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
Please leave a message outside these times




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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