In its 125-plus years, Queen Victoria Market has had a colourful and sometimes controversial history. During that time, the site has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Each of these operations has its own history and an element of controversy.
The Queen Victoria Market was officially opened on 20 March 1878, a range of markets having operated from the site in varying forms prior to that date. The market is Heritage listed.
The Melbourne City Council was originally established in 1842 to manage the City's many markets, of which one was Queen Victoria Market.
Queen Victoria Market survives today as one of the largest and most intact examples of Melbourne's great nineteenth century markets.The Queen Victoria Market.....A Green Market...
Queen Victoria Market is conscious of the environmental impacts of business, and has taken a number of steps to ensure the increased sustainability of the Market as a whole.
In 2007, the Melbourne City Council will undertake a Water Harvesting project at the Market, contributing a total of over $540,000 to the budget for the project, which also received external funding of $250,000.In the 1990s, 1,328 solar panels were installed on the Market's F Shed, with the assistance of BP Solar and Origin Energy.
The installation, which generates 252 megawatts of electricity for use within the Market, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 369 tonnes each year, reflects the commitment of both the Market and the City of Melbourne to using renewable energy. The panels have helped Council towards its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero (net) across the municipality over the next two decades.
In recent years, the Market has rallied behind the push to reduce plastic bag usage and landfill. The Market has introduced its own branded, reusable shopping bags that are produced using recycled materials. The uptake of these green shopping bags has been so strong that the Market continues to sell them today.
In the month of November begins a night market with approximately 150 stalls or so. Lanterns light the way through the stalls and music cascades through the old rafters and completes the ambiance of the place. Always nice on a warm night and great way to relax and have a wine and some fruit too.
For tourists, there is a two hour tour that you can book to go on that will show you everything you need to know about the market itself and you get to sample some goods along the way.
As a side note, when I go to the market, especially before a morning shift begins at work, I take along my own re-usable bags. I go see this gorgeous little Chinese lady and she sells me 3 punnets of strawberries for one dollar :)
If I go after a morning shift, I make my way to the delicatessan area (right where that man is standing in the image above) and see this lovely Greek lady. She sells me cheese, smallgoods and gives me a small kabanosi stick to chew on whilst I enjoy the market. She must miss me as I have not been there for a few months now, and she enjoys hearing about my four kiddies. She cannot believe I have so mny in this day and age. Go bless her, she thinks I am too young looking to have so many :)The market is amazing, the smells, the people, the clothes and treasures to buy. Even if you never bought a thing, it is a great way to spend an afternoon, meandering through the stalls and hearing the blokes call out the price of their fruit in marvellous sing song voices.
Queen Vic Market, a treat for everyone who visits.