Queen Victoria Market – The largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere in Melbourne

Constructed in stages from the 1860s, the Queen Victoria Market is one of the last remaining major Victorian era market in the central business district, still operating. It is listed on both the Victorian Heritage Register and the National Heritage List, and is one of Melbourne’s major tourist sites.

Covering over 17 acres, it is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere. A 1964 City of Melbourne report advocated for redevelopment of the site as a space car park. However, public outcry and a green ban prevented this and resulted in the Market being classified by the National Trust / Image source

The Queen Victoria Market officially opened in March 1878, and it quickly expanded into wholesale and retail fruit and vegetable trading. In 1884 the well-known Meat and Fish Hall façade was constructed.

The façade of the Meat and Fish Hall building / Image source

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