World-fa­mous mar­kets were nearly over be­fore they re­ally be­gan

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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.

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