Join us on Wed January 4, at 8am as we celebrate the beginning of our 150th year by reinstating the bell which rang out over the marketplace in the early 1900’s, bringing back a tradition that has been lost through the passage of time.
The first peal of the historic brass bell – whose resonant tones will ring in the daily opening and close of trade throughout the year – also marks the start of anniversary celebrations and an exciting calendar of activities planned for 2017.
Tightly woven into the fabric of South Melbourne and its surrounds, the Market opened in May 1867 and has been serving the community ever since.
South Melbourne Market is one of Melbourne’s oldest markets and the 150th anniversary marks a huge milestone for the Market, traders, shoppers, the council and the community.
Regular market goers, Councillor Ogy Simic from the City of Port Phillip and State Member for Albert Park Minister Martin Foley, will jointly ring the bell to start the first day of trade in the Market’s 150th year.
Come along for some light refreshments and some live music.
South Melbourne Market has changed a lot in 150 years but its essence and its place at the heart of the community remains strong. The much-loved inner-city landmark is the quintessential village market. People come not only to buy fresh produce, but also to eat, shop, discover, share and connect.