On 10 October 1866, Dandenong Market officially opened for business! Originally located on the intersection of Lonsdale and McCrae Streets, early market traders sold “a choice lot of dairy cows, with calves; heifers springing, 50 head store cattle, a quantity of useful horses, fat and store pigs, well-bread rams, poultry, potatoes, and other produce; drays, spring-cart and farming implements.”
Dandenong Market is celebrating the market’s 150th anniversary with a number of activities and events.
The hard-cover, 128-page book documents significant moments in the market’s history using original photographs and historical records, including pre-market Dandenong (1830-1865), early years (1866 – 1890), the move to a bigger site (1927), the new market’s development (1927 – 1939), World War II and the post war boom (1939 – 1959), the introduction of the iconic Dandy Pig neon sign (1960), and how the market adapted to become the millennium market it is today.
The Dandenong Market: Celebrating 150 Years book will be available to purchase at Dandenong Market Management office for $30 from 4 October 2016.
The mural honours the Market’s long history and provides voices and memories that, until now, had been confined to archives. Depicting the market throughout its 150 years, the mural features photographs os the market from as early as the 1910s and 1920s and continuing up until the 1980s. The images featured in the mural were supplied from a number of sources, including the Dandenong Historical Society, the City of Greater Dandenong and via the National Library of Australia.
The photographs are accompanied with key dates and highlights for Dandenong Market, such as when the market opened, or when the market moved to the current premises. Importantly, the mural also includes memories by locals, stories from old newspaper articles and even a poem about that market that was written in 1937.
Rosling Lane can be accessed via Market Square, or via Cleeland Street (near cafe Marketto).
“M is for Market” will be a fun new sculptural piece by renowned Melbourne artist, Anne Ross. Funded by Creative Victoria, ‘M is for Market’ will be located in Market Square. We’re keeping the artwork a secret until the unveiling on Friday 4 November, so come along and discover the artwork!
On 16 October, Dandenong Market will be celebrating our 150th anniversary with a massive 150th Jubilee festival from 10am – 4pm.
The free event will include popular food trucks and stalls, symbolising the immigrant groups that made Dandenong Market their home throughout our 150th history. What’s your flavour? Italian, Indian, Vietnamese? We’ll have a delicious array of freshly-made food for you to choose from.
For the event, Dandenong Market has partnered with Multicultural Arts Victoria for a day of performances from local bands and artists, on the Emerge stage including Trident, Bindaas Bollywood Dance and Sol Nation.
The Jubilee celebration will also feature fun for the whole family: we’ll have a whole zone for free face painting, Tā moko face painting and henna body art. The Jubilee will also feature an interactive animal farm – a nod to our livestock market routes.
In homage to the market’s 150 years, visitors can also take selfies in our interactive selfie booth which will be a 19th-century market stall, complete with colonial-era costumes and props to try on and pose with.
A fun fair will complete the event with old-fashioned games and rides for visitors to enjoy. Try your luck with the laughing clowns or try and knock over the milk bottles! The fairground rides will be confirmed soon.
3AW will also be broadcasting live from the event so make sure you pop by to watch the 3AW crew in action!