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Little Marion Sculptures

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Published June 20th 2022
Growing up as a child in the village
Little Marion Peering
Little Marion Peering

While wending our way along Marion Historic Village Heritage Walk, I noticed that sculptures of a young girl dotted the village. I was intrigued and decided to find out more about them. The Little Marion Sculptures, as they're called, were created by Adelaide-based artist Gerry McMahon. He based his creations on the recollections and stories of a resident who grew up in Marion. There are five Little Marions to discover next time you happen to be visiting that area.

Little Marion Peering
Little Marion Peering

On the corner of Marion Road and Finniss Street is Little Marion peering into a well as though looking for something. Wells played a vital role in the provision of water for the village and here's where one of them was located. This 26-metre-deep well belonged to the Western family.

Little Marion Welcoming
Little Marion Welcoming

Welcoming you to her village, Little Marion can be seen swinging on a farm gate along Finniss Street just opposite from the original village inn. Scenes like this were very common back in the day.

Little Marion Pondering
Little Marion Pondering

Further down, Little Marion stands on a bridge pondering the question of when she'd get the chance to escape to the river to play again. Sturt River was the village's lifeblood as well as a safe playspace for children, but today, it looks more like a concrete drain than a natural stream of flowing water. Unfortunately, this construction was deemed necessary to prevent flooding.

Little Marion Pondering
Little Marion Pondering

Walking onto George Street, you'll find a historic cottage and Little Marion skipping on its grounds. This is most likely the location of her school playground.

little marion skipping
Little Marion Skipping

Lastly, we come to Little Marion who's been waiting at a reserve on the other end of George Street. She sits on bricks that have been made in the pug hole that used to occupy this site.

Little Marion Waiting
Little Marion Waiting

And, just as a final note, your observant eye might have taken in the ribbons in the hair of the Little Marions. Well, these ribbons are being affectionately placed by a local village family.
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