Marion Heritage Research Centre

What is the Marion Heritage Research Centre?

Marion is one of the oldest colonially-settled areas in Adelaide, and the Marion Heritage Research Centre is a place where documents and photographs relating to its history can be collected, preserved, researched and shared.  

As a branch of the Marion Libraries, the Marion Heritage Research Centre holds the contents of the former Local Studies section of the Park Holme Library, and is now the main location where all historical acquisitions by the City of Marion are collected.


MHRC Opening Research tools available
  • Ancestry website is free for the public to access on the Heritage Centre's computers. Please call to book a session. Ask about our training sessions for Ancestry and Trove.
  • Our Australian, local and family history reference book collection, containing many new publications as well as older and rare books, useful for historical research and practice.
  • Our online catalogue has over 5,000 items listed on it. We are now starting to upload the item images to the catalogue too. Explore the online collection on the Cultural Heritage page.


What else do we have?

The research centre contains some great historical resources:

  • Archived documentsEarly Land Grant
  • Photographs
  • An online catalogue for searching our collections
  • Historic maps and plans
  • Knowledgeable volunteers to assist with your enquiries
  • Reference library of current and older heritage-themed books
  • Computers for free access to Ancestry and other sites
  • A Reading Room to view, research and share resources


What we are doing at the centre

Volunteers are working to make the records accessible by transcribing, describing, indexing and accessioning them.

We are also developing brochures, cataloguing the photographic collection, making user-friendly copies of fragile records and constantly working to make more of the collection accessible to visitors. 

We collect mainly documents, photographs and ephemera. We welcome offers to donate or loan items.  We rely on these to develop and enrich Marion's history held here, for the community.

Our Oral History program records the stories of people who have lived in or been a part of the City of Marion.

Other heritage organisations are flourishing in Marion and complement the work of the Marion Heritage Research Centre (MHRC).

We work harmoniously with them to provide an enhanced heritage experience for visitors including:


Marion Heritage Research Centre location

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 history and cultural heritage in Marion.


Marion Heritage Research Centre opening hours

Marion Heritage Research Centre Building

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10am to 4pm

We welcome you to the Marion Heritage Research Centre. We would love to hear about your part in the Marion story!