Queen Victoria Market Heritage Trail

71 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Queen Victoria Market Heritage Trail

71 Victoria St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Staff Pick
9 m
.7 km
Very Easy

Summary

Walk the 'Heritage Trail' to explore the Market's historical significance through its unique sculptures, rooftops and facades. Discover the buildings, events and people who helped shape it.

Queen Victoria Market Heritage Trail

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The Queen Victoria Market, established in 1878 is the largest market in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Many of the buildings are still used in trade today. Covering 7 hectares of land within the City of Melbourne, the Market remains essentially intact to its date of construction.

This map adapts information developed by the Queen Victoria Market. Please see the link at Site 1 for fuller descriptions at each site.

The Queen Victoria Market also offers guided tours. Please click the link above for more information.

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Points of Interest

1. Site 1 - Engaging the senses

The Market was part of the estate of the Aboriginal Wurndjeri-willam clan of the woi wurrung language group. The Market was in use 13 years before it officially opened in 1878.

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2. Site 2 - A place to meat

The Meat Hall or Meat, Fish and Rabbit Section as it is officially known is the oldest building on the Market site and was originally used as a wholesale meat market.

3. Site 4 - Deli delights

The Dairy Hall is a wonderful intact example of an art deco building. Before modern refrigeration, marbel counter tops and special underground ventilation systems were used to keep products cool.

4. Site 5 - Produce and pioneers

The real history of the Market starts with H & I Sheds and A & B Sheds - used as an outlet for Melbourne's Market gardens, which were run by the Chinese, then later by Greek and Italian communitites.

5. Site 6 - Melbourne's Marvellous Meat Hall

In 1884 a new front to the Meat Market was added. The Meat Hall is both of architectural and social significance for its rarity as one of a few purpose built market buildings in existence in Australia

6. Site 7 - Market football

By the 1920s, a strong sporting and social culture had developed among the stallholders and merchants at the Market. Football, cricket, bowls and golf clubs were formed with matches held in 1920 - 30s

7. Point 8 - Instant and delicious

By the 1950s, food vans became a popular fixture. To satisfy the tastes of American servicemen stationed in Melbourne during World War II, cafe menus were expanded to include cola and hamburgers.

8. Site 9 - The Old Cemetary

Much of the Upper Market is situated on cemetery land. Although closed in 1854, some families with vaults and reserved allotments were allowed burials up to 1917.

9. Site 3 - More than a facade

The facades are of architectural significance as are the iron gates under the Produce Arch and between the shops and the Meat Hall.

10. Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market, established in 1878 is the largest market in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Many of the buildings are still used in trade today.

11. WCTU drinking fountain

The fountain was erected in 1901 by the Womans Christian Temperance Union, who agitated for the provision of clean drinking water in public places as part of its temperance concerns.

12. The Argus - corner Elizabeth and LaTrobe Street

The building housed the Argus newspaper for 30 years. The Argus was one of Melbourne's three leading newspapers, all established the founding years of the city, until its closure in 1956.

13. The Welsh Church - 320 LaTrobe Street

The first free dispensary for women in 1896 was set up here. In the first 3 months the clinic treated 2,000 women and children. This led to the establishment of the Queen Victoria Hospital.

14. Republic Tower - corner Queen and LaTrobe Street

Public art where you would normally expect a billboard. Designed by Melbourne architect Nonda Katsilidis, various international artworks have featured here. Cross the street for a close-up.

15. Laneway street art

Step into this laneway to see a fantastic public gallery of street art. A hidden treasure trove of quirky, odd and creative pieces guaranteed to raise your eyebrows in surprise and wonder.

16. Queen Victoria Market

The Queen Victoria Market, established in 1878 is the largest market in Australia and one of the largest in the world. Many of the buildings are still used in trade today.

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17. WCTU drinking fountain

The fountain was erected in 1901 by the Womans Christian Temperance Union who agitated for the provision of clean drinking water in public places as part of its temperance concerns.

Features

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Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
Public Transport Public Transport
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets

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