is a suburb
located in the City of Marion
around 10 km south-west from the CBD
. Founded as a rural village in 1838 on the banks of the Sturt River
, Marion was found to have rich soil and the population expanded rapidly. Colonel William Light
laid out the plan for the village, as he had done with the City of Adelaide
Marion is bordered on the North by Oaklands Road, on the East by Marion Road, on the South by Sturt Road and on the West by a roughly straight line from Finniss Street in the south to The Parade.
Vegetables, stone fruits, almonds and grapes were all produced in Marion. Richard Hamilton started the first vineyard in 1838 and his family continues its wine making tradition to this day.
By the late 1800s Marion was also home to a number of industries such as a mining and brick making. However, the population at this time was still very small - around 350 people.
Gradually the Adelaide sprawl crept up to Marion, and by the 1950s the suburb was well and truly enveloped. Nowadays it is a large, modern suburb with many attractions for its residents.
Marion is home to a number of parks and reserves. The large sporting complex off Sturt Road contains ovals and a basketball stadium. There are also parks on Norfolk Road, Tilley Crescent, Nicholas Rd, Oakleigh Rd, George Street and Alison Avenue.
Marion also shares the Oaklands Reserve with Oaklands Park. The City of Marion Swimming Centre is situated adjacent to the suburb of Marion, in Park Holme.
Schools and churches
The large private school, Westminster
, is situated along Alison Avenue near the railway line. It caters to many families in the area for all grades from Reception to Year 12.
Marion High School, a public school in the area closing in 1996, was situated on York Ave, in the suburb of Clovelly Park. The school serviced the youth of the area for over forty years until its closure. The area has now been redeveloped primarily for housing, with just the school hall remaining, Cosgrove Hall which was named after a long running headmaster of the school.
Churches of various denominations also dot Marion.
Marion Shopping Centre
Marion is best known as being near the location of Westfield Marion , which includes the Megaplex Marion cinema complex, and is located in the adjacent suburb of Oaklands Park. The Marion shopping centre is the largest shopping complex in Adelaide. The Marion Shopping Centre Interchange is a bus interchange with connections to Adelaide city, Flinders University, Hallett Cove, Noarlunga and Port Adelaide.
The Marion Returned and Services League of Australia
Club is located on Norfolk Road.
There are two bowling clubs in the suburb of Marion - one on Norfolk Road, near the RSL club and another on Sturt Road adjacent to Sturt Oval.
Part of the City of Marion
. The council offices for the whole city are located in nearby Sturt
. Marion is split between the state electorates of Elder
and is situated in the Federal Division of Boothby
There is a railway station in Marion between Minchinbury Terrace and Fairne Terrace, which connects to Adelaide in the North and Noarlunga in the South. The M44
bus runs along Finniss Street and Marion Road to Adelaide
, Golden Grove
and Marion Shopping Centre
, while the 213 travels along Finniss Street from Marion Shopping Centre to Adelaide via Goodwood Road. In the north of the suburb, the 241 travels along Oaklands Road and Daws Road
to Adelaide and Marion Shopping Centre.