Explore the locations, images and stories of ten of Melbourne’s markets including the current Queen Victoria Market and famous lost markets e.g the Western Market, Eastern Market, Paddy’s Market, Melbourne Corporation Market, the Fish Markets, Hanton’s Fruit and Veg, Kirk’s Horse Bazaar, Banana Alley and the Hay and Corn Markets. Their colourful histories and roles provides unique insights into what has made Melbourne the city it is today. In fact the Melbourne City Council was formed in the first place (1842) to manage the markets!
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There have been at least seven historic market sites in Melbourne with different markets sometimes occupying a single site or succeeding each other. Queen Victoria Market is the last of the great historical markets still operating.
1841 General Market
1841 Hay and Corn Market
1841-1961 Western Market, first official fruit and vegetable market
KIRKS HORSE BAZAAR
Established 1840, Bourke Street West
HAY AND CORN MARKET
1842-1846 Unofficial Hay and Corn (St Paul’s site)
1841 Hay and Corn Market, Bourke Street (unofficial)
1842 MCC established to manage the City’s markets
1846 General Market proclaimed.
1846 Official Hay and Corn Market transferred from St Paul’s site.
1847-1878 Paddy’s Market
1879-1960 New Eastern Market, demolished for Southern Cross 1962
1871 Eastern Arcade, after Haymarket Theatre burned
OLD FISH MARKET,
1860-1891 ‘Old’ Fish Market,
1891 Hanton’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Market and Bicycle Stables
1857 The Lower Market
1857-1967 Livestock and Hay Market
1867 Wholesale Meat Market, relocated to Metropolitan Meat Market, North Melbourne, Courtney Street
1867 Retail Meat and Fish Market and slaughterhouse.
1877 Upper Market (G, H, I ,J built), northern edge of cemetery, A-F constructed
1878 Wholesale and Retail Fruit and Vegetable Market,
1880, Market Shops, Elizabeth Street constructed
1929 Dairy Produce Hall ( Deli Hall)
1969 Wholesale Market Footscray (relocated from Queen Victoria after Royal Commission)
1929-30 Wholesale Agents and Merchants Brick Stores (60) on car park.
Coles Book Arcade 1890s
MELBOURNE CORPORATION MARKETS,
1891-1959 The ‘New’ Fish Market
1891 Banana Alley Vaults constructed under the Flinders Viaduct.