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History and 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

More information

To learn more about the City of Marion Cultural Heritage, contact the Cultural Heritage Officer.