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Kangaroo Island Pioneers Association (KIPA)
celebrating the birthplace of South Australia.

KIPA was established in 1983 and aims to promote Kangaroo Island's magnificent history today.

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Harvesting of Salt from Kangaroo Island prior to 1836
Many ships visited Kangaroo Island from the early 1800's for the high quality salt they were able to harvest from the shallow salt pans, but at what cost?
... a cargo being imported to Sydney from the native beds at Kangaroo island, but independent of the difficulty of procuring the article at such a distance, for it has to be carried on men's backs several miles from the salt lagoon through the bush to the place where the vessel can be left at anchor ... Neither should it be forgotten that to encourage the Kangaroo island salt in the present state of things, would be to sanction a worse than West-India slavery in the cruel and unjustifiable treatment of the female blacks, whom the sealers employ at the point of the rod, in collecting and carrying the salt there found to the vessels. 
Hobart Town Courier (Tas. : 1827 - 1839), Friday 28 June 1833, page 4  Photo: State Library SA PRG 280/1/14/627 Muston c.1913


Kingscote Pioneers Cemetery
The Kingscote Pioneers Cemetery was neglected as early as 1848 after most settlers had moved to the mainland.
" ... we landed on Kangaroo Island — the most important of the group, and almost the only one which I had never visited. Kingscote is prettily situated, yet the first impression on entering it is of a painful nature.  Old buildings in ruin are sometimes sublime — often interesting — never disagreeable objects. They have bowed to the ordinary influences of time, and the most painful feeling they can excite is pensiveness, or a reflective melancholy. But new buildings falling into decay do violence to the ordinary operations of nature and time, and are therefore repulsive to the beholder. Many neat cottages are still standing, though unoccupied; and some good stone houses, defaced by premature dilapidations, show that the town was once inhabited by civilized beings. The chief mansion of the almost deserted settlement we did not behold, for the materials had just been removed from the island for use elsewhere. Five families constitute the town population. Twenty-five white people and two black lubras are all that the island can at present render to the South Australian census. A few browsing goats do their utmost to alleviate the dreariness of the scene. The graveyard—if a patch of earth without a fence may be so denominated— becomes unduly pathetic in the solitude. It contains from thirty to forty graves. Most of these are quite undistinguished— and why should they he otherwise ? Others have wooden slabs with painted inscriptions still clinging to their proper localities, but with a very frail clutch. Others, again, of these wooden immortalities, are transferred from grave to grave by browsing cattle, listless mortals, strong winds, or any other accident, as if death were verily laughing at our puny efforts to withstand oblivion."
PORT LINCOLN AND KANGAROO ISLAND. (1848, May 24). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 3.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48728812

Recently added
  • Jim Chapman Eulogy Vickie Chapman The Islander 5 October 2017
  • History of Kangaroo Island. H. J. Driscoll (Author of "Jack Halliday, Stockman," &c.) Mail 1914
  • Welcome to Country - letter in The Islander 13 July 2017,  and responses 20 July 2017.
  • Foundation of South Australia - "Theorists of 1830" Plan to Overcome Social Woes - by Rev. John Blacket (1929)
  • Research on Dr Mailand-Pattison and his wife Ethel (Gunyah Nursing Home)
  • Directory of Kangaroo Island 1928 
  • The murder of George Meredith who lived at Western River c.1827-1834 and reputedly buried a fortune there.
  • The history of Faith, Hope and Charity - the houses built c.1857 by the Calnan brothers using their goldfields wealth.
  • We now have a Religion page, examining the history of the churches on K.I.. We have been fortunate enough to secure "Aspects of the Catholic Presence on Kangaroo Island 1900-1992", reproduced with permission from the Adelaide Catholic Archives. 
  • Real Live Stories of South Australia (Chronicle 1932-1937) compiled by David Wilson. Once on the site, use the "Search this site" for "Kangaroo Island" and you'll find reader contributions.
  • 21st Anniversary - Majority of the Colony of South Australia. An instructive potted history of how South Australia commenced and survived the first 21 years (newspaper article).
  • Families now including the descendants of  : GILES, William (1791-1862); ROWE, James Buttress (1796-1873); CHIRGWIN, John (1837-1882) and Eliza (1838-1907); VEREYCKEN, Peter Joseph (1855-1941) and Mary (1864-1942); OSTERSTOCK, Andrew George (1850-1908); FLORANCE, John Biggen (1845-1902); GEISLER, Johann Carl Heinrich (c.1867-1946); CARR, Hampden, Dr. (1868-1932) and COOPER, Emmie Bevan (1875-1975); LITTLELY, John (1836-1917) married Frances DEALY (1840-1925); WHITTLE, Uriah (1827-1893) (son Albert married Marianne BOXER nee HAMILTON).