4O YEARS IN EUMUNDI
World-famous markets were nearly over before they really began
THIS year marks 40 years of the world-famous Eumundi Markets. However, their fame took a while to eventuate. The Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre is doing its bit to celebrate and commemorate the 40th year of the Eumundi Markets. The Heritage Centre has an extensive collection of objects, photographs and documents relating to the history of the Eumundi Markets and will use these resources to create a glimpse into the past of what has become a world-famous destination. Many of the photos and information in this heritage collection go back to the beginning of the market on Saturday, March 24, 1979, in and around the Eumundi CWA hall with only three stalls and eight visitors (not counting stallholders’ family members). Eumundi Markets has now grown to an annual visitation estimated at 1.2 million. Over the 40 years, a number of market operators have set up next to what is now known as the Original Eumundi Markets but there were market stalls in other locations in Eumundi before this market started. The First 40 Years exhibition looks mainly at the Original Eumundi Markets as it has been running for 40 years under a non-profit community association: the Eumundi and District Historical Association. Using images of the markets from the 1980s and ’90s, photographs have recently been taken in the same locations and will be displayed together to show the “then and now” and how the market and some of the Eumundi streetscape has changed. An old wooden trestle table complete with a striped beach umbrella will create the feel of a market stall, circa the 1980s, complete with some objects from the heritage collection which were made by stallholders in the 1980s through to today. Visitors will be able to view images of the early markets and many of the marketeers, listen to some recorded recollections of the early market days and leave comments on the market memory board. Newspaper clippings going back to the start show the development of the market and how it almost ended before it really began in the early 1980s.
WAY BACK WHEN: Looking back to how the Eumundi Markets used to be the talk of the town for the 40th anniversary.