Marion Historic Village

Take a stroll along the
Marion Historic Village
Heritage Walk

The Marion Historic Village is the historic heart of Marion.

Local people are proud of its friendly community and unique history. For many years, locals affectionately knew the area as ‘The Marion’.

The Marion Historic Village Walk takes you on an historical journey around the original Marion ‘Village’. The walk includes historic sites such as Light Square, Annie Doolan’s Cottage, Laurel Cottage, the Old Marion Inn and Threadgold’s Birthing House.

 

Did you know?

On the Marion Historic Village Heritage Walk, each historic site includes a tiled marker with a two-tone concrete ‘survey line’ crossing the footpath. The survey lines refer to the laying out of the ‘Village’ of Marion by Light Finniss & Co.

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Community artLittle Marion Welcoming in the village

Working with project artists Irene Dougan and Cheryl Dean, from Beachroad Artworks Inc, the community has created a ceramic tile 'Hopscotch' artwork for George Street Reserve and four tiled benches for Light Square.

Discover community and street art including our gateway to Marion Village and the other Little Marion sculptures.

The sculptures were created by Gerry McMahon and are based on local resident Margaret Western’s recollections and stories of growing up in the Village.

The Little Marion sculptures have been adopted by a local family in the Village who regularly place ribbons in her hair. Take a stroll around the Village and come and see them all.

Little Marion Welcoming   
This is the gateway sculpture that welcomes you to the Marion Historic Village. You'll find her swinging on an old farm gate on Finniss Street, just off Marion Road.

Little Marion Skipping
Find her skipping outside her Sunday School in George Street, near Annie Doolan's Cottage.

Little Marion Pondering
Find her looking over the Sturt River from the bridge in Finniss Street.

Little Marion Waiting
You will find her sitting waiting on bricks from the old Wade brickworks in George Street Reserve.

Little Marion Peering 
Find her on the corner of Marion Road and Finniss Street where she is lying down looking into the well.

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Annie Doolan’s CottageAnnie Doolan's Cottage

At Annie Doolan’s you will learn about the early history of the cottage and the people who lived there.

The building is currently managed by the Friends of Annie Doolan’s Cottage and displays a schoolroom of the 1870s, a kitchen of the 1940s and a model of Marion Village in 1949 in the days when there were pug holes and market gardens.

The cottage is located in George Street, Marion, behind St Ann's Chapel on Finniss Street.

Opening hours: Fourth Sunday of the month from 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
Contact: Raelene Telfer on (08) 7127 5346.

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Marion Historic Village MuseumMarion Historic Village Display Centre 

Visit the Marion Historic Village Museum, located in Township Road, behind the Wesleyan Chapel.

Managed and operated by members of the Village community, the 1927 Sunday school building has been operating as a display centre and museum since 2010.

See changing exhibits and learn about the history of the village, the people and their stories.

The centre now has a state-of-the-art touchscreen showcasing rare historical images of the village.

Exhibits are constantly being changed, so if you are looking for something interesting to do, or have visitors, why not call in on a Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm. It's free and the building is fully air-conditioned for your comfort.

Opening hours: Open every Sunday 2.00pm - 4.00pm and by appointment. Free entry.
Contact: Peter Stretton on 8296 5736 or Max Bowden on 8298 4763.

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Partnering with the local community - YOU and the City of Marion

The Marion Historic Village Project was developed as a partnership with the local community working with the City of Marion.

Using a Community Capacity Building approach, the projects aims are to bring people together to create a stronger sense of neighbourhood and a greater recognition of the unique cultural heritage of the Marion ‘Village’. The project has been ongoing since 2006.

You are invited to come along and join the Marion Historic Project Group.

Contact: Peter Stretton on 8296 5736 or Max Bowden on 8298 4763.

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For more information

Arts and Cultural Development team
Phone: 8375 6600
Email: council@marion.sa.gov.au

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