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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.


February 2024

Monday 12 Feb 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
Please email bookings to

March 2024

Monday 4 March 2024 10am – 12pm

E24–02 State Records Tour and Talk

115 Cavan Road, Gepps Cross


Due to the popularity of the recent tour, we have arranged another visit to this fantastic facility.  Members will tour the repository spaces at the Gepps Cross facility, view a display of historic records and take the opportunity to learn how to best use the SRSA research facilities. (You will not be able to use the Research Centre on the day. The Research centre is only open for private research from Tuesday to Thursday and bookings must be made with State Records in advance.)  Free car parking is available outside the Centre. 
*** Please note that bags and personal items cannot be taken on the tour.  Lockers will be available to store any items while members are in the Centre. ***


Maximum: 26 people

Cost: $5 per person

Sunday 17 March 2024  2pm – 4pm

E24-03 Cummins House Tour & Devonshire Tea

23 Sheoak Road, Novar Gardens


Situated on the Sturt River, Cummins House was designed by architect George Kingston and is one of the earliest surviving houses in South Australia.  It was the residence of South Australian pioneer and politician John Morphett, who was granted title to the land in 1840.  Named ‘Cummins Estate’ after his mother’s Devonshire farm, the house was purpose-built and lived in by five generations of the Morphett family until it was sold to the State Government in the 1970s. 
Join us for a guided tour of the House and enjoy a wonderful Devonshire Tea in the atrium.  You might also like to explore the gift shop and plant nursery (both cash sales only). 

This venue is not access-friendly and the tour involves considerable standing and walking.

Maximum: 35 people

Cost: $17.50

Wednesday 27 March 2024 10.30 am

SameShips – Winchester


Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide

Maximum: 15 people.

Cost:  $2.00

Please email bookings to


April 2024

Wednesday 10 April 12 pm - 2 pm
E24-04 Lunch Meeting – Early Theatres in Adelaide
Walkerville Uniting Church


Bring your lunch and join Ian Sellick as he takes us on a journey through the general working conditions and issues facing actors, the insolvency problems the promoters and actors faced, and some of the tricks used to avoid these debts.  Ian will also give a short account of the history of each theatre, particularly those set up by Samson Cameron, Henry Deering and Mr Coppin, as well as some background information about the promoters themselves.  


Maximum: 100 people
Cost $5

Wednesday 24 April 2024 10.30am
SM-03 SameShips - Rajasthan
(Voyages 1838 + 1840)
Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide


Maximum: 15 people.
Cost: $2.00
Please email bookings to

May 2024

History Festival
Poster Exhibition – Pioneers SA Office, 25 Leigh Street 
Wednesday 1 May, 10.45am - 12pm 

E24-06  Launch of Posters Exhibition - “They Came in Ships”

Our poster exhibition for the May History Festival features the pioneers who arrived in 1836 and the ships that brought them to South Australia. The exhibition will be opened by former Pioneers SA President Bob Stace (2012-2016). Bob will speak about William Light who was the captain of the "Rapid" (the fourth of the nine ships which came to South Australia in 1836). Bob will also say a few words about the beginning of the Pioneers Poster Project which is now in its eleventh year. After the opening you will be free to view the posters at your leisure.

Refreshments will be served.


Maximum: 50 people

Cost: $5.00

Poster Exhibition 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.


June 2024

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

“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).

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

October 2024

Monday 21 October  10.30am – 2.00pm
E24-11 Strathalbyn Museum Tour & Terminus Hotel Lunch

Rankine Street,

Enjoy a guided tour of the Strathalbyn District Museum and Heritage Centre (1 Rankine Street, Strathalbyn) before walking to the Terminus Hotel (13 Rankine Street) for lunch and a presentation on the history of Strathalbyn.


Cost (museum & lunch):    $30 members / $35 guests

Maximum: 40 people

Wednesday 25 September  10.30am – 12.30pm

SM-07 SameShips Generic Research Workshop


Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Maximum 15 people

Cost $2


November 2024

Monday 18 November 10am for 10.30am start
E24-12   Kingston House

5 Cameron Ave, Kingston Park 

Guest Speaker: Richard McCarthy
Topic: “The Kingston Family”


Built on land owned by Charles Strickland Kingston in 1840, as a 3 room cottage, it was originally leased to Cygnet passenger, Robert Bristow, who ran it as the Marino Inn from September 1840.  In 1851 Kingston extended the house for use as his family’s seaside holiday home and renamed it Kingston House.  The house and surrounding reserve have a quiet charm but the history of the Kingston family was anything but quiet and tranquil.


Cost:   $10 members, $15 guests

           (includes Devonshire morning tea & tour)

Wednesday 27 November  10.30am – 12.30pm

SM-08 Same Ships: Asia


Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Maximum 15 people

Cost $2


December 2024

 Wednesday 4 December 12.00pm – 2.00pm
E24-14 1844 Retrospective Lunch Meeting


Pilgrim Church Hall

12 Flinders Street, Adelaide


Our Retrospective meeting will review 1844 in South Australia. During this year the first Colonial Census was taken; wheat production in SA exceeded the colony's own requirements; and the Colonial Government took control of the Corporation of Adelaide. 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 members / $10 guests







Saturday 28 December 
E24-15 Proclamation Day Lunch


Glenelg Golf Club, 118 James Melrose Drive,

Novar Gardens


"The Peoples' Church in a Distant Land: Founding the first Church of England parish in South Australia 1836-1843".  Our guest speaker, Dr Brian Dickey, will discuss the establishment of Trinity Church on North Terrace and its first Minister, the Rev Charles Beaumont Howard, the first Colonial Chaplain, who came out on the "Buffalo" and died in 1843.  Cost includes a two course lunch, complimentary drink on arrival, with tea/coffee and chocolates to finish the afternoon.


Speaker: Dr. Brian Dickey

Maximum: 100 people


(Please note that this venue is now completely smoke/vaping free)






Please note that bookings are required for all events and will close seven days prior to the scheduled date.  Payment in advance is essential for all events, unless the event cost is $5 or a gold coin donation.


Online bookings can be made by email to  Please include the names of all attendees and a contact phone number, as well as the name of the event and code (e.g. E23-24 Proclamation Day Lunch) in your email.

Payments can be made via EFT (preferred) to:

Pioneers SA - BankSA

BSB : 105 900

Account Number:   9500 67040

Please include your name and the event code in the description.


We also take phone (08 8231 5055) and personal bookings during office hours (Tuesday & Thursday 10am – 2pm).   EFT, credit card or cash payments can be made by phone or in person.