History and Cultural Heritage
The City of Marion recognises the importance of preserving our cultural heritage, valuing the past and planning for our future.
Our cultural heritage is precious and irreplaceable. It includes stories, people, memories, events and traditions as well as landscapes and places, buildings and objects that are significant to our local community.
Our historical background
The City of Marion has a rich Indigenous and later settlement and development history. The original inhabitants of Marion, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains gathered along the Sturt River at 'Warriparinga', which means a windy place by a river.
The Sturt River has overlapping historical, social and cultural significance, as the river is a significant place for the Kaurna Aboriginal people who fished, hunted and camped along its banks. The Sturt River also forms a part of the Tjibrulke Dreaming – a very significant part of Kaurna cultural heritage.
Early European settlers were attracted to the Sturt River, with its water supply and rich soils. The original 'Village' of Marion was surveyed by Colonel Light and his company Light, Finniss & Co. in 1838.
More information on Marion's history and heritage
General heritage information including a list of heritage items in Marion and the State Heritage Register.
Marion Heritage Research Centre
A place where documents and photographs relating to Marion's history can be kept, preserved, shared and researched.
Marion Historic Village
Find out about the historic heart of Marion.
Cultural Heritage Collection
This collection at Marion Library is a growing collection of photographs, books and oral histories.
Marion Historical Society
Find out about the Marion Historical Society.
Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Learn about and celebrate our rich indigenous living traditions and history.
Marion Historic Village Heritage Walk
Find out about Marion’s settlement history by following this walk.
To learn more about the City of Marion Cultural Heritage, contact:
Cultural Heritage Officer
Phone: 8375 6600