Click HERE for a printable brochure Information correct as at 2 August 2023

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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 2023

Wednesday 15 February 10.30 am

E23-01 – SameShips – Lysander 1839 & 1840

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation


March 2023

Monday 6 March 10.30 am

E23-02 – SameShips – Rapid

Jetty Bar Hotel, 28 Jetty Rd, Glenelg. Maximum: 50 people.

Cost: $15 per person; includes morning tea

Monday 20 March

E23–03 10 am or E23–04 1.30 pm

Marion Village Museum

Township Rd, Marion (behind Wesleyan Church).

Maximum: 20 people per session.

Cost: $10 per person; includes morning or afternoon tea

April 2023

Wednesday 12 April 10.30 am

E23–05 – SameShips – Sir Charles Forbes

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation

Monday 17 April 12.30 pm

E23–06 – Lunch meeting – Scottish Immigrants to SA

Caledonian Hotel, 215 O'Connell St, North Adelaide.

Speaker: Lennox Pawson. Maximum: 50 people.


Mr Lennox Pawson OAM is a former chief of the Royal Caledonian Society of South Australia and is active in the local Scottish community. He will discuss the role, influence and contribution of Scots emigrants in SA. Lunch is included in the cost.


Cost: Members $50; Guests $55; includes lunch

Wednesday 19 April 9.45 am

E23–07 – Junior Pioneers explore Glenelg.


Participants will meet in Moseley Square in front of the Glenelg Town Hall for a walking tour of the Holdfast Bay precinct and a visit to the Bay Discovery Centre. Morning tea will be provided.

Cost: $5 per person includes morning tea


May 2023

Monday 15 – Friday 26 May

10 am – 3 pm

E23–08 History Festival – Pioneer Posters Exhibition

Pioneers SA, Level 2, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide


A brand new series of Pioneer Posters and a display of historical memorabilia will be on exhibition at the Pioneers SA office and library in Leigh Street, Adelaide. Each poster, composed by one of our members, outlines the life and experiences of their ancestors in SA, and their contributions to the colony in the first ten challenging and formative years. This is a great opportunity for members and guests to explore our library and other resources. We encourage you to bring your family history details with you.


June 2023

Monday 5 June

E23–09    10 am – 12 noon or

E23–10    2 pm – 4 pm

Masonic Lodge Tour and Talk

Masonic Lodge, 254 North Tce, Adelaide.

Speaker: Max Atkinson. Maximum: 30 people per session.


The Masonic movement is the oldest group established in South Australia, established even before the first ships left England in February 1836. Join us for a tour of Freemasons Hall and an interesting and informative talk by Max Atkinson on the history of Freemasonry in South Australia.


Cost: $5 per person

Wednesday 7 June 10.30 am

E23–11 – SameShips – Duchess of Northumberland

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation

July 2023

Friday 7 July 6.30 pm for 7 pm


Royal Coach Motor Inn, 24 Dequetteville Tce, Kent Town.

The Life of Sir Hubert Wilkins

Speaker: Carolyn Spooner.


Join us at the Royal Coach Motor Inn for a wonderful meal and inspiring presentation by Carolyn Spooner, author of The Life of Hubert Wilkins. Sir George Hubert Wilkins was a South Australian polar explorer, pilot, soldier and photographer. Little known in South Australia, Sir Hubert Wilkins has been called ‘Australia’s Unknown Hero’ and is possibly the last great explorer of the North Pole. Carolyn will explore his life and achievements accompanied by images and readings from Sir Hubert’s writings. Round off your evening and purchase some raffle tickets for the chance to take home some lovely prizes.


Maximum: 100 people.

Cost: Members $75; Guests $80

Wednesday 12 July 10.30 am

E23–13 – SameShips – Orleana

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation

August 2023

Wednesday 9 August 10.30 am

E23–14 – SameShips Workshop

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation

Wednesday 16 August 12 noon – 2 pm

E23–15 – Lunch meeting –

Minnie's Album

Speaker: Alison Hicks

The family and friends of Isabella Jane Watts, daughter of William Giles, as depicted in her photograph album. The photographs, mostly taken in the 1860s and 1870s, include many notable people in the colony of South Australia.

Maximum: 80 people.

Cost: $5 per person

September 2023

Monday 11 September 10.30 am

E23–16 – SameShips – Cygnet

Jetty Bar Hotel, 28 Jetty Rd, Glenelg. Maximum: 50 people. Cost: $15 per person includes morning tea

Monday 18 September 7 pm

E23–17Annual General Meeting

Christ Church Hall, Jeffcott St, North Adelaide.

Speaker: Dr Kiera Lindsey

Dr Lindsey has recently been appointed the inaugural History Advocate for the History Trust of SA, making her South Australia's principle public representative for our state's history.

October 2023

Wednesday 4 October 9.45-11.30am

E23–18 – Junior Pioneers. 

Pharmaceutical Society Museum

7/102 Greenhill Road, Unley [google map]

The museum is on the first floor, no lift access is available. 

Cost: $5 Adults & children

Morning tea in the Parklands opposite the museum after the tour. Parking limited, tram stop nearby on Peacock Rd.

Bookings & payments required by 25 September.

Monday 9 October (11am-12.30pm)

E23–19 Walking Tour of Port Adelaide History Port Adelaide Historical Society.


Meeting in front of the Visitor Information Centre (66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide), members and guests will split into 2 groups for this informative tour, led by volunteers from the Port Adelaide Historical Society. You will hear accounts of interesting events and stories relating to the development of the inner port over time. This is an easy paced walk of about 750m, including multiple stops. Tour features will include the Visitor Information Centre, the Old Courthouse, Nile St Vista, Institute Building, Customs Building, Silent Cop, North Parade Vista, Lighthouse, Queens Wharf, McLaren Wharf, Lipson St, St Vincent St, Black Diamond Corner, and the Workers’ Memorial. The two groups will finish the tour back at the Visitor Information Centre. Members are then invited to join us at the British Hotel (13 North Parade) for a casual lunch. Lunch is not included in the cost, but members will need to book for lunch so that the Hotel can be advised.


Maximum: 50people.Cost: Members $12.50; Guests $15

Wednesday 11 October 10.30 am

E23–20 – SameShips – Trusty

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation



November 2023

Wednesday 8 November 10.30 am

E23–21 – SameShips – William Nichol

Pioneers SA, 25 Leigh St, Adelaide.

Maximum: 15 people. Gold coin donation

Wednesday 15 November (time TBA)

E23–22 State Records Tour and Talk

115 Cavan Road, Gepps Cross.

Speaker: Helen Chadwick.


State Records of South Australia (SRSA) is the archives and records management authority for the Government of South Australia. Responsible for storing, managing, protecting and providing access to the official records of the South Australian Government, the SRSA holds a treasure trove of records useful for family history researchers. Tour the repository spaces at their Gepps Cross facility, view a display of historic records and take the opportunity to learn how to best use the SRSA research facilities.


Maximum: TBA people.

Cost: $5 per person


December 2023

Wednesday 6 December 12 noon – 2 pm

E23–23 – Lunch meeting

1843 Retrospective Talks

Pilgrim Centre, 12 Flinders St, Adelaide.

Speakers: Pioneers SA members.


Did you know that 1,213 people arrived in South Australia in 1843, but 1,477 left? Or that rainfall in Adelaide that year was recorded as 437mm? This was also the year that Australia's first exports of mineral ore were made - from Glen Osmond - and that Ridley’s harvester stripper was invented. Bring your own lunch and settle in to hear some more fascinating facts as Pioneers SA members make short presentations about the lives and achievements of their ancestors that arrived in 1843.


Maximum: 70 people.

Cost: $5 per person

Thursday 28 December 12 noon for 12.30 pm


Glenelg Golf Club, 118 James Melrose Drive,

Novar Gardens.

Maximum: 120 people.

Speaker: Dr. Jeff Nicholas

Cost: TBA