KATIE SPAIN

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ALOT can hap­pen in 150 years. In the past cen­tury and a half, wars have been fought, bat­tles lost, victories cel­e­brated; the ef­fects of De­pres­sion, famine, drought, and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters have been felt across the globe; man walked on the moon; women were granted the right to vote; and a lit­tle pro­duce mar­ket rose from the dust and changed South Aus­tralia’s cul­tural and culi­nary land­scape for­ever.

Ade­laide Cen­tral Mar­ket (known as City Mar­ket) started small when it opened for busi­ness at a site be­tween Gouger and Grote streets in 1869.

Back then, the site was noth­ing but a va­cant al­lot­ment sur­rounded by a fence and a cou­ple of gas lights. Farm­ers from across Ade­laide rode into town with horse and dray (a truck or cart with­out sides) to sell pro­duce, and cus­tomers at­tended as much for entertainment as they did to shop.

Fast for­ward to 2019. This year Ade­laide Cen­tral Mar­ket cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary with the re­lease of new book Ade­laide Cen­tral Mar­ket: Sto­ries, Peo­ple & Recipes and a historical ex­hi­bi­tion at the State Li­brary of South Aus­tralia.

Both cap­ture a cen­tury-and-a-half worth of mem­o­ries and his­tory. From the traders who fill our belly; the peo­ple who helped build the struc­ture we know and love today; and the cus­tomers who make it tick.

These are some of their fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries.

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