The Pioneers SA 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. Equally interesting 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 Pioneers SA, Level 2, Stafford House, 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.


All issues of 'The Pioneer' are available in pdf format from the Members Resource Area in the Journal & Newsletters page.

Spring 2021 No 259




  • The Institute Movement in SA: the Quest for Useful Knowledge
  • William Hamilton & the Duke of York
  • South Australian Institute Visit
  • Pioneers SA Annual Dinner
  • The Misuse of Passenger Lists: Part 2
  • Pioneers SA – That’s Us!
  • President’s Report
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Notice of Annual General Meeting
  • Calendar 2021, Council Members
  • Pioneers SA Events

Summer 2021 No 260




  • The Life of Mary Penfold
  • Ships Arriving on Kangaroo Island Before 1836
  • The Institute Movement in SA, Pt 2: Quest Accomplished
  • A Tale of Three Ships
  • Junior Pioneers Visit Police Historical Museum
  • Senior Pioneers Visit Police Historical Museum
  • George French Angas: Four Tours of SA, 1844-1845
  • Coromandelians
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Council Profiles
  • Welcome to New Members
  • The Last word … from the President
  • Calendar 2021-22, Council Members and Key Positions
  • Pioneers Posters Project
  • Pioneers SA Activities & Events

Autumn 2022 No 261




  • Mary Colton – A Benevolent Colonist
  • Mary Colton Garden
  • Early Dentists and Dentistry in South Australia
  • 1841 Retrospective
  • SameShips 2021
  • HMS Buffalo Descendants Meet at Glenelg
  • Proclamation Day 2021
  • Proclamation Day Dinner
  • Sesquicentenary (150 Years) of the Overland Telegraph
  • A Schoolboy’s Bible
  • Early Schools in South Australia
  • Our Pioneers’ Arithmetic
  • Down in the Dungeon
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Farewell to Departed Members
  • The Last word … from the President
  • Calendar 2022, Council Members and Key Positions
  • Pioneers SA Activities & Events

Winter 2022 No 262




  • Colonial Sisters in Art
  • Henry Nixon Memorial Unveiled
  • Lost! On Kangaroo Island
  • SameShips 2022: Planter 1839
  • SameShips 2022: Zebra 1839
  • Hahndorf History Walk
  • Junior Pioneers at the SA Museum
  • Our Pioneers’ Arithmetic: 2
  • South Australia’s History Festival
  • Filling the Vacuum … from the VP
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Farewell to Departed Members
  • Thanks to Our Volunteers
  • The Overland Telegraph – (nearly) Open for Business
  • Council Members, Key Positions, Calendar (June – September)
  • Pioneers SA Activities & Events


In March 2012, the first edition of an electronic newsletter was distributed to members on the Pioneers SA 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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