Kangaroo Island - A Project Proposal

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Date: After 1800 [unknown]
Location: South Australia, Australiamap
Surnames/tags: australian_convicts kangaroo_island south_australia
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A New Project on Historic Kangaroo Island and its Early Settlers.

Rescued crew of the "Montebello"

Shipwrecks, Lighthouse Keepers, Whalers, deadly misadventures, amazing stories of survival, wild characters, old sea salts, marsupials, secret caves, ancient artifacts, rare Ligurian bees and a rough tough life that would put us all to shame. This is the history of the long island that stands between South Australia and the chill winds of the Antarctic - named by explorer Matthew Flinders Kangaroo Island.

Join us!

You will hear some great stories and meet some wonderful people when you join us in a new Project to put all of Kangaroo Island's Early Settlers on Wikitree. If you like hunting for photographs, searching for facts to back up old tales, or a neat and orderly Bio is your thing, we would love to have you on board.

To see the long list of Profiles already completed for K.I. Early Settlers, click on Profiles

What is a Project?

A Wikitree project is a group of members organized around a topic or volunteer activity. For more information, see Project FAQ

Mary Seymour nee Thomas


  • Anne Tichborne My ancestors were the Granger family who arrived in SA on the Aurora in 1836. The family lived at Cygnet River in a hut constructed of local timber sealed with mud and roofed with rushes. When the supply ships were delayed, the family lived on wallaby meat and a few dumplings. I recently joined the Kangaroo Island Pioneers Association. I've been to K.I. five times and I adore the place.

  • David Wilson
  • Mitchell Harrison
  • Roger Davey
  • Mark Ridgway
  • Cheryl Plummer

Mr Bell's House 1906

How to Join the Project

To volunteer for this project please add your name and Wikitree ID to the list under the heading "Volunteers", and tell us briefly why this Project captured your interest.


If you have questions about the proposed Kangaroo Island Project, send us a private message by clicking the link in the yellow bar on this page.


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Memories: 1
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I first went to K.I. on the Troubridge when I was eleven. It was so exciting! We stayed in a shack at Dutton cove. It had a little wood stove and my sister baked a cake in it. The sealife in the rock pools was astonishing.

Some friends of my father took us to Seal Bay and there was not a single soul there except ourselves. We had a look at Kelly Caves as well. It was just a hole in the ground with an iron ladder going down. Inside a string of lightbulbs lit up the interior of the caves. This was 1963

posted 11 Aug 2017 by A. (Turner) T.   [thank A.]
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