The Colourful History of Kangaroo Island
Hope Cottage Museum
This is a wonderful cottage museum, beautifully maintained and well worth a visit. Hope Cottage was one of the three earliest houses built in Kingscote, circa 1850, together with the adjoining cottages of Faith (which has been subsequently demolished) and Charity. The museum has many collections from photographs through to tractors and early farming machinery.
Old mulberry Tree
The Old Mulberry Tree at Reeve’s Point was planted in 1836, and it’s fascinating to learn that it still bears fruit after nearly two centuries! There are also surrounding recreational areas such as BBQ facilities with picnic tables and seats. On low tide, this is also a popular fishing spot for locals at the end of the reef.
Pioneer cemetery and Reeves point
The final resting place of the dead sounds like an unlikely tourist attraction, however, it is fascinating to quietly wak amongst the graves of heroes, explorers, and/or villians. The small Pioneer Cemetery is the earliest in South Australia dating back to 1837. One grave is that of Samuel, infant son of Eliza Reeves and Augustus Reeves, who was one of the first to land on Kangaroo Island. Therefore Reeve’s Point was named after the latter, this landmark is also on the Australian Heritage List.