Our stay in South Australia was really in Marion, a suburb on the south side of Adelaide. David Jarman has so internalized its history that a neighbourhood walk is peppered with stories of the village whose colonial history dates back to 1838.
Early settlers were primarily English. Soon after the company of Colonel William Light, Boyle Travers Finiss (first Premier of South Australia), and Henry Nixon surveyed the region, they began to snap up allotments at a cost of six pounds each.
With its Mediterranean-like climate, the region soon flourished with market gardens and orchards. A brickworks supplied building materials. Settlers with all the skills needed for establishing a new community soon turned South Australia into a thriving colony.
As Adelaide grew and modern suburbs threatened to destroy Marion’s heritage, a group of volunteers formed the Marion Historic Village Project in cooperation with the City of Marion. Since 2006 they have identified 23 significant sites, including those in the photos.
David is one of the prime movers of the group. He is often called on to lead walking tours of the historical sites. For him, every street tells a story, which he is only too happy to share.