Wilkin's house
Mt Bryan East

Keswick RGH
SLSA B 26285/4

Miss Mabel Marryat

SLSA   SRG 488/18/44


Pending Events


Wednesday 3 April

Pub Lunch


Venue:  Victoria Room, Edinburgh Hotel, 7 High Street, Mitcham

Speaker:  Rhondda Harris

Topic: :  "True Crime in Adelaide - stories from the journal of the first Governor of the Adelaide Gaol”

Time:  12.00 for 12.30pm

Cost:  Members $45, Non-members $50 (includes two course luncheon, tea and coffee; other drinks at own expense)

Bookings and payments essential by 26 March


Monday 15 April

Junior Pioneers Event


“Roaming Rundle Mall” – a guided tour with Glen Woodward

Time:  10.30am – 12noon. (Group to meet at the Beehive Corner)



 Events Calendar 2019


Wednesday 8 May

Pioneer Group Event


Venue:  Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide

Speaker:  Brian Stace & Bill Othams

Topic: :  “The Passengers on the Coromandel 1837

Time:  12.00 for 2.00pm

Cost:  Members $2, Non-members $2

BYO lunch: Tea & coffee provided


PASA members are invited to other events where Brian Stace and Bill Othams will be speaking on related topics from their forthcoming book on the Coromandel 1837

  • on Wednesday 8 May from 7.30 – 10pm at a meeting of the Coromandel Valley Branch of the National Trust and the Blackwood Action Group at the Blackwood Uniting Church Hall, 266 Main Road, Blackwood (Cost $5); and
  • on Sunday 26 May from 4.00 – 5.30pm at a meeting of the Glenelg Historical Society held at the Jetty Hotel, Jetty Road, Glenelg (adjacent Moseley Square) (Free entry).


Sunday 19 May, Monday 20 May & Tuesday 21 May

Pioneer Poster Exhibition


Venue:  Basement, Stafford House, 23-25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Time:  Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 am – 2.30 pm

Cost:  Free

Sunday 19 May, Monday 20 May & Tuesday 21 May

Pioneer Photo Scanfest


Venue:  Basement, Stafford House, 23-25 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Time:  Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Monday & Tuesday: 10:00 am – 2.30 pm

Cost:  Free

Wednesday 5 June

Pioneer Group Event

(Joint event with the Campbelltown Historical Society)


Speaker:  Paul Blackman              

Topic: :  “Music in the Colonial Period”

Venue:  Lochend House, Campbelltown

Time:  10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Cost:  Members $5, Non-members $5  (includes tour of Lochend house and morning tea)

Wednesday 3 July

Pioneer Group Event


Speaker:  Jim Everett              

Topic: :  “The Pioneers Memorialised in the Kent Town Uniting Church - a guided tour.”

Venue:  Kent Town Uniting Church

Time:  1:30 pm – 12.30 pm

Cost:  Members $5, Non-members $5

Bookings Required - limited numbers.


 Past Events Calendar 2019

Wednesday 6 February

Pioneer Group Event

Speaker:  Ron Featherston          

Topic:  “1840 – the Foundations of the Irish in SA”

Venue:  Walkerville Uniting Church Hall


Past Events Calendar 2018

Thursday 1 February

Pioneer Group Presentation

Speaker: Helen Stagg 
Topic: “Harnessing the River Murray: Stories of the people who built locks 1-9, 1915-1935”

Wednesday 1 March

Writers' Workshop

Venue: Payneham Community Centre

Speaker:  Howard Speed

Topic: "Early photography and photographers in colonial SA"

Wednesday 14 March

Writers' Workshop

Venue: Mothers Union Meeting Room

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

 Monday 16 April

Junior Pioneer Event

Visit to the Adelaide Planetarium

Venue:      UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus

Wednesday 18 April

Pub Lunch

Venue:      Victoria Room, Edinburgh Hotel, 7 High Street, Mitcham

Speaker:   Professor Philip Payton

Topic:        “Where are the Golden Streets? The rise and fall of Premier John Verran and the first majority Labor government in SA (and the world).”

Tuesday 8, Wednesday 9, Thursday 10 May

History Festival Event: Exhibition of Pioneer Ancestor Poster stories

Venue:      Mothers Union Meeting Room, Stafford House, 23-25 Leigh Street


Wednesday 6 June

Pioneer Group Presentation, Lunch and Museum Visit

Venue:      Keswick Barracks, Anzac Highway, Keswick.

Speaker:   Cheryl Williss

Topic:        “Miss Mabel Marryat MBE; Welfare and War Worker”

 Wednesday 1 August

 Pioneer Group Event 

Venue:   Rigoni's Restaurant, 27 Leigh Street, Adelaide

Speaker:   Pam Rajkowski OAM

Topic:     “Elder’s Innovation: Camels and Afghans, from Bikaner to Beltana”

 Friday 17th August

 Annual Dinner

 Venue: Adelaide Pavilion, Veale Gardens, South Terrace, Adelaide

Speaker: Geoff Lock

Topic:  “Pewter drinking vessels used in colonial times”


Monday 27 August


Venue: Art Gallery of South Australia.

Guided Tour

Tuesday 4 Sept


 Location: Meeting with the Mt Barker branch of the National Trust

Includes a house and garden tour.

Thursday 6 September 


 The tour features the historic furniture of the House.

Monday 17 September

Annual General Meeting

 Venue: Christ Church Parish Hall, Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide

(Optional tour of the historic church from 6.30pm – 7.00pm.)

Speaker: Michael Smith

Topic:  “The Recently Discovered Photography of Robert Fraser”

Wednesday 19 September


Venue: Mothers Union Meeting Room.

Support for members planning to prepare a poster for the 2019 Exhibition.

Wednesday 10 October

Colonial Era Fashion Parade presented by the Victoriana Society of SA Inc

Venue:  Clarence Park Community Centre,

Narrator:  Jayne Kayder 

Sunday 21 October 

Junior Pioneers Event:
“Military on Parade; defending the coastline of the Colony in the 1800s”

Venue:  Fort Glanville, 359 Military Road, Semaphore Park

Weekend of 27-28 October

History Weekend at Burra

PASA trip to Burra and Mt Bryan East.

Sunday 25 November

Day visit to Walkerville to celebrate 180th anniversary of founding of Walkerville

Time:         Guided walk to local historic sites

                  Lunch at “Nest Bistro”

Speaker:          Lyn O’Grady

Wednesday 5 December

PASA Luncheon Event

Topic:  “1838: A Retrospective 180 Years On”

A discussion featuring short contributions from various PASA members

Venue:  Pilgrim Uniting Church Hall

Friday 28 December

Proclamation Day Lunch

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

Speaker:  Robert Kirk

Topic:  “Dr John Woodforde: Surgeon on the Rapid


Past Events Calendar 2017




Guided visits to both the Adelaide Town Hall & the Old Treasury Building including its underground tunnels.

Time: Meet at the Town Hall 9:45am.  Concludes at approx 12:30pm.


 Pioneer Group Luncheon Meeting        

Speaker: Margrette Kleinig

Topic: Early Colonists Sponsoring Their Families and Friends to SA.


 History Month Event: Exhibition of Pioneer Ancestor Poster Stories


 Pioneer Group Luncheon Meeting

Speaker: Lyall Kupke

Topic: “The early waves of German Emigration to SA”

JUNE Wednesday 28th

Civic Reception - to commemorate the life of King William IV and the 180th anniversary of his death

The Reception, which will be hosted by the Lord Mayor, the Right Honourable Martin Haese.

Venue: Adelaide Town Hall, Queen Adelaide Room


 Pioneer Group Luncheon Meeting

Speaker: Mary Snarskis

Topic: “The Playfords of Drysdale”

Venue: Lyceum Club


Friday 11th

 Annual Dinner

Speaker: Rob Linn

Topic: "The history of the Adelaide Club“

Venue: Adelaide Club, North terrace. 


Monday 18th


Speaker: The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese

Topic: "The development of Local Government in Adelaide"

Venue: Christ Church, 62–72 Jeffcott Street,  North Adelaide


Thursday 5th

Visit & Lunch Meeting

Speaker: Jason Shute
Topic: “The Visit of Prince Alfred to SA in 1867”

Venue:  Prince Alfred College. Kent Town  (Pirie Street, off The Parade West)


Thursday 19th

Pioneer Group Luncheon Meeting

Speaker: Jim Longmire

Topic: The Voyage of the the˜Baboo and the Lacemakers of Calais".


Sunday 22nd


Visit to Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum
Theme: "The Olden Days"

Venue: Tea Tree Heritage Museum, 3 Perseverance Road, Tea Tree Gully


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th


Visit to the Moonta and Wallaroo Mines heritage sites


Thursday 7th

LUNCH Meeting

 “1837: a retrospective 180 years on.”
A round table discussion featuring short contributions from various PASA members
Venue: Lyceum Club - Level 1, 20-24 Leigh Street.


Thursday 28th

Proclamation Day Lunch

Speaker: Michael Burdett, Surveyor-General of SA
Topic: “The Early Colonial Surveys: a Surveyor’s Perspective”

Venue: Glenelg Golf Club