Market makes milestone year with exhibition

April 26, 2017 by  

South Melbourne Market will host an exhibition of stories, pictures and mementoes by traders and shoppers connected with its rich history, to celebrate its 150-year anniversary.

The market began in May 1867, after the local community petitioned their council for a village market to meet their needs. Sheds were first built on the 10-acre site in 1866, a weighbridge was opened in 1872, and electric lighting finally arrived in 1924. Refrigeration in the early days consisted of large blocks of ice.

Locals have been invited to contribute their stories and family memories. This provides opportunities for digital copying, scanning, laminating and other printing services in the buildup towards the exhibition.

Also featured in this exhibition will be cartoons by local 96-year old illustrator Vane Lindesay, who has been a faithful shopper at the market since the depression era, when its wares consisted mainly of staple foods, and the only entertainment was from the Salvation Army Band.

Lindesay still shops regularly at the market, and says of its new diversity:

“You can buy anything here now. You can buy a bicycle! Or a carpet!”

The exhibition will take place in the market’s SO:ME space, and will run from May 5 to 31. Birthday celebrations include a party with a giant cake on Saturday, May 6, street murals and free entertainment.