The book has been reprinted in time for the Kangaroo Island Parndana Reunion in April 2018, and is available at the Parndana Museum or can be ordered for the reunion.

Soldier settlers: Reprinted in time for the Parndana Reunion in April 2018.

Soldier settlers: Reprinted in time for the Parndana Reunion in April 2018.

In 1979 Jean Nunn was the chair of the Gosse Committee set up to help soldier settlers who were facing eviction.

She completed an Honours Degree in History at Flinders University in 1979 and her thesis became the first six chapters in a book, Soldier Settlers – War Service Land Settlement, Kangaroo Island.

This book was published to raise awareness of the War Service Settlement Scheme on the island, and its issues.

Jean taught at Parndana School and she and husband Ron were part of the Scheme after his discharge from the Airforce.

The book has been out of print for many years but her family, especially son Graeme, have had it reprinted in time for the Parndana Reunion in April 2018.

The book is available at the Parndana Museum or can be ordered for the reunion.

It will be 70 years since the first family, the Vigars, arrived at the Parndana East Camp in 1948 and everyone is invited to join in the reunion that will have many chances for people to reminisce and catch-up with friends and family.

Events run over five days, starting on Wednesday April 25 2018 with the Anzac service.

Music teacher Suzanne Bourke has already visited Parndana Campus to begin work with students on a musical tribute to the settlers for Friday night, April  27.

Peter Habel is travelling home from Malaysia to MC the old-style dance on Saturday night, April 28.

His father Jim, was an early MC for dances at the Parndana Recreation Hall at the Camp where Golder’s Gremlins band produced toe-tapping music.

Check out the Facebook site which has 415 members: KI Soldier Settlement Scheme, or email: ssreunion18@gmail.com for details.

There is a registration sheet to fill out for an idea of numbers.

Sealink has given the event a discount and a promotion code will be supplied that can be used when booking.

Please mention the reunion to friends and family off-island as it is not possible to personally invite all concerned.