Culture and heritage

Heritage honour for Queen Victoria Market

A vintage photograph of women at a fabric stall.

Our beloved Queen Victoria Market has been added to the National Heritage List, a move that recognises the significant place it holds in Australian history and provides further impetus for its renewal.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the significant $250 million investment in the renewal of the market will help protect its historic value, restore its heritage buildings and secure its place as a traditional open-air market.

‘The Queen Victoria Market is the largest intact 19th century market in Australia and also the site of our city’s first cemetery,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘We are committed to protecting the heritage of the market and the respectful acknowledgment of the former cemetery, so that’s why we nominated the market for the National Heritage List.’

The Lord Mayor said the heritage listing and renewal can exist side-by-side and both are incredibly important.

‘It is about getting the balance right and investing in safe, efficient and sustainable trader and customer facilities so we can secure the market’s viability, while ensuring the market continues to always remain authentic,’ the Lord Mayor said.

‘We hope the announcement provides certainty to people, once and for all, that the renewal will stay true to what people love about the Queen Victoria Market, but we need to make significant investment now to secure its future.’

The National Heritage List puts the market alongside 113 other Australian icons from the Melbourne Cricket Ground to the Sydney Opera House.

Find out more at Queen Victoria Market.

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