The Kangaroo Island Pioneers Association is pleased to announce that it has received a grant to undertake ground penetrating radar mapping of the Pioneer Historical Cemetery at Reeves Point.
The mapping will take place thanks to the latest round of grant funding from the History Trust’s annual South Australian History Fund grants program.
The association will receive $2,521 to conduct the ground-penetrating radar mapping and install related interpretive signage.
The 2019 project will be run in conjunction with Flinders University, led by Dr Ian Moffat, research fellow in Archaeological Science.
Dr Moffat is currently at Cambridge University in the UK.
With the advent of new ground penetrating radar technology, the association now believes it may be possible to map the physical extent of the cemetery and also confirm the number of graves used from 1836 until the commencement of the new Kingscote Cemetery.
All the graves, markers and plaques will remain undisturbed by this process.
The association believes that this project will add to a greater understanding of the early history of South Australia and its first cemetery.