South Melbourne Market, more than a Market

More Than a Market

On Saturday 20 April, U3A Port Phillip welcomed Sophie McCarthy, Executive Director of South Melbourne Market as this month’s guest speaker.

Titled “More Than a Market”, Sophie took her U3APP audience through a fascinating presentation which commenced with the market’s early beginnings in the mid-19th century. Did you know that it was local householders who petitioned the then Emerald Hill Council for a market, and by 1866 a site had been reserved and the first sheds had been erected? Do readers recall that in January 1981 the market was bombed, then later that year fire raced through the market causing thousands of dollars of damage?

Fortunately, market life now is focussed on offering a true village community with 150 traders offering a wealth of wonderful produce, goods and services. Sophie also spoke about a number of the market traders – many will be well known to you such as Moshe of Moses and Co and Rita of Rita’s Coffee and Nuts. Both traders have been at the market for over 30 years! Perhaps you’ve also queued up for the Market’s famous dim sims – that queue of eager fans can extend for a full block! Ken Cheng who established this business had an extraordinary story including fleeing poverty and the Japanese invasion of China and becoming a personal chef to General Douglas MacArthur! We also learned about the market’s strong Greek connections through many market traders such as Angelo Zahos of Aptus Seafood.

Sophie also eloquently spoke about how South Melbourne Market is a quintessential village market, being a place where people come not only to purchase fresh produce, but to meet, eat, drink, shop, discover, share and connect. This financial year to date the market has welcomed over 4.1 million visitors and expects to finish the year at 5.2 million!

Sophie noted that market planning is both strategic and dynamic including the development and implementation of its first Environmental Sustainability Strategy aiming to wipe out waste, transition towards a zero carbon operation and reduce water usage and impact on waterways.

The future for South Melbourne Market, its traders and customers looks very bright!

See you at the market soon!

Here is a VIDEO of Sophie’s presentation.

Here are the SLIDES Sophie used in her presentation.

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