Pioneer Families South Australia

Arrivals, marriages & births 1836 to 1860

family surname *

If you have pioneer ancestors who might have already arrived in South Australia by 1860, search on their family surname to find any matches. Don't be misled by the apparent simplicity of this search form. It is both easy to use and powerful. The three individual component databases,

  1. early settler arrivals in SA 1836 to 1858,
  2. early SA marriages 1836 to 1857, and most importantly,
  3. early South Australian births 1836 to 1860 (complete),
are simultaneously searched for any matches to the name you entered. The records found are automatically sorted into family groups to help you visualize the line you're researching. Family group sheets can now be completed if you wish.

Unregistered births and marriages, mostly from church baptism and marriage records, are included.

The individual components of this combined database give more information on sources and acknowledgments.

Many of the spelling errors and inconsistencies in the original source documents have been corrected in our records. Any that remain may give useful but out-of-order search results. If you discover any of these errors, please let us know at so that we can amend our data where necessary.

If you are unable to find a particular pioneer's arrival, see our directory of SA shipping & migration resources to help locate another source.

You may also be interested in...
State Library of SA's photographs of old colonists, and
Church photographs with extensive historical notes.