Marion Historical Society

Sturt store and post office 1874Marion Historical Society aims
  • To arouse interest in the history of Marion and South Australia.
  • To promote the preservation of material relating to that history and encourage community access to that material.
  • To assist in the preservation of buildings and sites significant to Marion.

2016 program

Upcoming events

  • 19 October - Susan Rooney-Harding – Story catching using a smart phone

  • 20 November - Break-up luncheon at Marion Sports Club

Past events

  • 17 February – Brian O’Halloran – Thomas O’Halloran’s younger brother, William, and the family rumour
    Brian is the great-great-grandson of William Littlejohn O’Halloran, who came to the colony of South Australia in 1840, was a vigneron and a public servant (including 15 years as the state’s Attorney General), lived at St-Mary’s-on-the-Sturt, and helped to establish the St Mary’s church and St Peters College.
  • 16 March – Bruce Munday – Those dry-stone walls: stories from South Australia’s stone age
    Bruce and Kristin Munday travelled South Australia finding, photographing and researching the history of natural and man-made dry-stone walls. Their book 'Those dry-stone walls' was released in 2012 and is into its third print run.
  • 20 April – Annual General Meeting

All visitors are welcome.



All meetings (except where indicated) are held at the Cooinda Neighbourhood Centre, Sturt Road (behind the Council Chambers) at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month.


Committee members


Annual subscriptions
  • $20 per person, $30 per family, payable to the Treasurer or into our bank account. The membership form (including bank account details) can be emailed to you. Please request one by calling or emailing one of the above contacts. 
  • The membership year runs from 1 February to 31 January.
  • It is not necessary to be a member to attend our monthly meetings, but subscriptions help to pay for our public liability insurance, so that we can continue to hold meetings, walks and displays and membership entitles you to elect or be office holders for the association.


Work on the local history collection and resources

In addition to attending the monthly public meetings, some members undertake the following projects, which we undertake in co-ordination with the Marion Heritage Research Centre:

  • Filing photographs, news clippings, documents and other resources about people, places and events in the City of Marion.
  • Helping members of the public with historical enquiries.
  • Collecting oral histories.
  • Undertaking research about aspects of Marion’s history.
  • Preparing information resources for public reference.
  • Preparing and guiding walks in the City of Marion.
  • Organising displays for events in the City of Marion.


Marion Historical Society Newsletters 2016
Marion Historical Society Newsletters 2015

To access archived copies of the Marion Historical Society Newsletters from 2012 to 2014 please visit the:

Marion Heritage Research Centre
Address: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047
Postal: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
Phone: (08) 7420 6455

Located in the old 'red house', next to our Administration building, the Marion Heritage Research Centre is an exciting new focal point for cultural heritage in Marion.