Tuesday23 April 2019


Inspired visionary and South Australian founder William Light is the namesake of our foundation. Hero of the Napoleonic Wars

The William Light Project is the culmination of over a decade of intensive research by historian Nigel Carney, piecing together the extraordinary tale of the founding of South Australia. An eccentric cast of characters around the world weave together the elaborate tale of free settlement in the promised land of opportunity, South Australia.

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Prime Mover: The Story of David Unaipon

The face of David Unaipon circulates each day on our fifty dollar note but the story of this unique Australian is largely unknown until now. 

South Australian Historian Nigel Carney has uncovered the life journey of Unaipon, from his birth into the Ngurrindjeri nation of the Coorong to his extensive career as an inventor, preacher, author and lecturer. Considered the Da Vinci of Australia, Unaipon devoted much of his life to the pursuit of perpetual motion. 

The story of David Unaipon is nothing less than fascinating and bizarre, shining a light as much on the culture of South Australia as the man himself. Despite his polymathic genius, Unaipon was a humble man who endured defamation, grueling court cases, exploitation and outright theft of intellectual property.


The William Light Foundation is exploring the possibility of hemp production in South Australia.


2018 EPBC Rare Species Nominations

The William Light Foundation has nominated 33 native species (Birds and Flora) for listing under any of the categories specified in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The species nominated for protection are listed by the State Classifications of South Australia as Critically Endangered, Endangered, Rare or Vulnerable (South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972) but are as yet not listed under any of the categories of the EPBC Act.

They include 16 species of plant and the following 19 species of threatened birds: