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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.

We very much welcome your interest. Perhaps you'd like to become a member?

Enjoy exploring the historic Kangaroo Island, and enjoy exploring this site!
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News flash!
Today (11 June 2018) our founder and life member received his just reward, f
or service to conservation and the environment. Congratulations, Dene Cordes PSM, OAM! 
See more at our Facebook page . See also tribute in the Islander.




Builders of the Penneshaw Jetty  c.1902
Standing l-r: Jim Potter, Frank Lyall, L. Simpson, T. Tosney. Sitting l-r: Sam Lockwood, Jack Priest, Joe Sawyer, Andrew Sawyer.
Courtesy State Library South Australia

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
  • Memories of K.I. nearly 40 years ago by Rev. A. D. Bennett, Methodist missionary on K.I. 1884
  • Rev. Tom Ward's watercolours 1896-98
  • From Kingscote to Middle River in a whaleboat 1863 by Henry Frederick Bates (1846-1936 ) describes the story of a mercy mission by boat from Kingscote to provide assistance to Henry and Elizabeth Snelling, whose family at Middle River was desperate for provisions and medicine. 
  • Obstreperous Kangaroo Island An article dealing with a series of drunken incidents which occurred at Kingscote between September 1836 and January 1837. [By Alfred A. Lendon M.D.]
  • Building the canopy for Frenchman's Rock - preserving 1802 graffiti.
  • George Milner Stephen is appointed to the post of Colonial Secretary. An interesting newspaper account on what was happening in the colony in 1838, including the text of the paternalistic address to the aborigines by Governor Gawler.
  • Extracts from the diaries of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders and their encounter at Encounter Bay in 1802. 
  • Families now including the descendants of  : PARIS, George James (1844-1906) and CHENNELL, Sarah Mary (1849-1884);  TIGGEMANN, August Adolf (1884-1971); LASHMAR, Thomas Young (1813-1860); 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)