comments are now welcome for the National Heritage nomination of Melbourne’s
Queen Victoria Market, currently being assessed by the Australian Heritage
Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg said the market has
played an important part in Australia’s history.
the city’s major landmarks and the largest open air market in the Southern
Hemisphere, the Queen Victoria Market has a long and important history,” Mr
Council is considering whether the Market has outstanding National Heritage
value for what it tells us about how most Australians in cities accessed fresh
food before the introduction of supermarkets and other technological changes.
assessment also considers the historical importance of the Old Melbourne
Cemetery, which was located at the market site. It offers potential for study
into matters such as the diet, lifestyle, wealth and burial customs of the
early Melbourne community.”
Mayor Robert Doyle said the Federal Environment Minister announcement about the
next stage in the possible National Heritage Listing of Queen Victoria Market
is a major milestone in the extraordinary history of the site.
threshold issue for National Heritage Listing is whether this place is of
outstanding heritage value to the nation. I believe it surpasses that test
because it is an irreplaceable link to the very foundation of our city,” the
Lord Mayor said.
evolved significantly over time: from its pre settlement past to the days of
Robert Hoddle who in laying out in the city grid made this the site of our
first cemetery. Within a short period of time, the city expanded, the cemetery
closed and it became one of four major wholesale and retail markets owned and
operated in the city, trading continuously since 1878.
committed to preserving and protecting the site so it remains part of our city
why we have commissioned a number of heritage assessments of the physical
fabric, the old cemetery, historical studies of the social and economic
importance of the market as well as ethnographic research into the sights,
sounds, trader history and atmosphere of the market that Melburnians know and
ultimate aim remains the UNESCO World Heritage listing of Queen Victoria
Market. That is what we are working towards as we commence the $250 million
renewal of Queen Victoria Market, the largest renewal of any market in the
world right now.”
public comment period is an important opportunity for those with an interest in
the site to have their say, including owners, traders and Aboriginal groups.
recognises a place’s outstanding national heritage values that can include
physical elements of a site as well as the stories, people or events connected
to a place. Listing does not change land ownership or the management of a
place, or restrict its normal day to day operations.
are 108 places on the list, including Melbourne’s the Royal Exhibition
Building, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Rippon Lea House and Gardens and Flemington
can be provided in writing to the Australian Heritage Council by 5:00pm, Friday
14 July 2017.
about the nomination and public consultation is available via www.environment.gov.au/topics/heritage/heritage-places