The Pioneers Association Journal is issued quarterly and is our way of keeping in touch with members all over the world. The Association was inaugurated in 1935 and there has always been a continuing membership of several hundred, not all of whom live in metropolitan Adelaide. We now boast approximately 700 subscribers, some of whom are interstate and some that are overseas. A good proportion live in rural and remote areas throughout the country.   
For the most part articles concentrate on the time span between the late 1820's up until the middle 1840's. This provides our readership with some understanding as to why their forebears came to Australia and how the process of systematic colonization, as proposed by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, led to their emigration. Of equal interest too are the trials and tribulations of settling a new country that many endured, sometimes with limited resources. Here, we are sometimes treated, to anecdotal information of a personal nature that is both comforting and edifying. We are continually surprised by the new material which surfaces from time to time and members are indebted to those families who have kept such good records and who are now prepared to share them with others.    
The Journal is for all members and we invite contributions that are consistent with the Association's aims and objectives. If you wish to submit items for publication, either post to our headquarters at Basement, Stafford House, 23-25 Leigh Street, Adelaide or email to    


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The Journal is available to libraries and to the public at a modest cost of $5.00 plus postage

Winter 2020  No 254



  • The Story of Harmer House
  • Farming on the Wrong Side of the Line
  • The Pioneer Cover Story
  • PASA Poster Gift to Millicent Museum
  • Pioneer Women Who Shaped Our State
  • President's Report
  • Our Last Event - For a While
  • Benjamin Milton & Hannah Dowdwell
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Corner Cameos: a Preview
  • AGM, Subscriptions & Council Nominations
  • Council Members
  • Photographs by Terennce McGann

Autumn 2020  No 253



  • Beyond Goyder's Line
  • Iconic Pioneers of South Australia
  • Returns from Schoolmasters
  • Colonel Light's Memorial
  • Letters from Adelaide 1837
  • President's Report
  • Pecent PASA Events
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Calendar 2019-20
  • Photos from PASA Events

Summer 2019  No 252



  • The Walkers of Walkerville
  • Poet's Corner : The Emigrant's Song
  • Western Fleurieu Penninsula Visit
  • Kingsley Irleand - Vale
  • Junior Pioneers Visit to Urrbrae House
  • The Same Ships Group
  • President's Report
  • From London to Laura: Joseph Augustus Hill
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Calendar 2019-20
  • Photos from PASA Events

Spring 2019  No 251



  • The Legend of Andrew Harriot
  • Riding to find the Facts in 1843 and 1851
  • Abraham Hopkins Davis – The Reedbeds Years
  • We have moved (our new office)
  • Recent Events
  • President’s Report
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Calendar 2019
  • PASA event photographs



In March 2012, the first edition of an electronic newsletter was distributed to members on the PASA email list.


The advent of this newsletter was a direct result of feedback received from the 2011 survey of members and in order to support more regular communication between the Council and members.


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