Fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy to get to the other side

Perhaps the most famous pirate ships in modern history: the Millennium Falcon.

Lingering in many hearts and mind of children and nostalgic adults, is the Millennium Falcon. The Falcon debuted in the original Star Wars movie of 1977 under the command of Han Solo and Wookiee named Chewbacca.

The space freighter that Han affectionately called the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” was photographed when the Falcon was last spotted at the Camberwell Market.

Perhaps the only space ship greater – debatably – is the starship USS Enterprise.

Either way, a little bit of light speed, or a jump to hyperspace, to get us all to the ‘other side’ of this pandemic would be welcome.

It goes without saying, the Stage 3 coronavirus restrictions on Greater Melbourne mean we will continue to remain closed for the foreseeable future. In answer to FAQ’s, please see below:

  • Will the market be open this weekend? No, sorry.
  • Will the market be open next weekend? No, sorry.
  • When will the market reopen? Unknown at this point, but we will reopen when safe to do so.
  • Can I book a stall? Sorry, no. The stall booking system will remain closed until a reopening date is determined.
  • How will I know when the market is reopening? Watch social media and our website for updates.

Is the Market Open this weekend?

Blue skies will return eventually and so to will the Camberwell Sunday Market. FAQs:
• Will the market be open this weekend? Sorry, no.
• Will the market be open next weekend? No, sorry.
• When will the market reopen? Unknown at this point, but we will reopen when safe to do so.
• Can I book a stall? Sorry, no. The stall booking system will remain closed until a reopening date is determined.
• How will I know when the market is reopening? Watch social media and our website for updates.

Re-opening soon!

The safe reopening of the iconic Camberwell Sunday Market is much anticipated by our stall holders, the local community and our many thousands of visitors.

The Market itself raises valuable funds to enable Rotary Clubs to continue their wonderful work within the community, including with children and families in need.

The timing of the Market reopening is very much bound by various federal, state and local government regulations and expectations including  those in relation to health and safety. As much as we want the Market to open, our priority is to keep everyone well and safe, and that requires careful planning and preparation, which takes time.

We have all worked so hard over recent months to control the spread of COVID, and we should all be very proud of that. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that at the point at which we open we have full systems and processes in place to mitigate any risks associated with community transmission.

Rotary will continue to take advice from all relevant authorities and to establish systems and processes to mitigate risk, with the hope of resuming our iconic Market sometime in the not too distant future.

The Camberwell Sunday Market is a proud part of the local community, and we look forward to seeing all of our dear friends and supporters as soon as we can safely do so.

Stay well and happy,

Market Manager

closed this Queen’s Birthday Weekend, but….

Dear Marketeers and Visitors,

Our good work in Victoria has been rewarded with the long awaited go ahead to reopen markets with proper safeguards in place.

As our market is on council land we’re working closely with the local council and hope to announce a June reopening over coming days. We currently remain closed, including this Queen’s Birthday long weekend (7 June 2020).

As you would expect there will be some changes to the way we do business to ensure our stallholders and visitors are safe, but I know that everyone including yourselves will take these changes in your stride. Everyone’s safety is paramount and we need to all work together to make this happen.

So stay tuned, and get yourselves organised because we’ll be seeing each other sooner than we thought.

All the best
Paul & the
Market Management

Time for Reflection

There is no Sunday Market today, 31 May 2020. The current State of Emergency Declarations ends at 11:59pm tonight and we are working hard with Council and other stakeholders to re-open the Camberwell Sunday Market as soon as safely possible. We expect this will be in June and will let you know soon as we know!

So a Sunday morning in bed for for a cup of tea or stroll down to the shops for brunch or a coffee with friends, observing personal distancing and new social norms like not shaking hands!

It is also National Reconciliation Week and we want to especially recognise Elders – past, present and emerging – of the Kulin Nation and of the Country ‘where the ground is thickly shaded.’

Before settlers used the name Boroondara, it was adapted from the native Australian language name used by the local inhabitants of the Wurundjeri clan of Woiwurrung people. The sound of the word has therefore likely been associated with the area for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

While today the 🍁 leafy rows of European of trees continue to cast shadows onto the ground, Australian native flowers, plants and trees had cast shadows on these grounds for millennia.

There is a plaque to one of these last great trees located in Kew.

Canoe tree monument

The monument is on Bowyer Avenue in Kew. Its plaque commemorates a significant scarred canoe tree, estimated at the time to be more than 1000 years old, which was felled at that site in the late 1950s. The plaque has the following inscription:Commemorating the Aborigines and their craftsmanship.

This district, formerly their meeting place, was known to them as Bark Hill. On this site grew an immense gum tree from which the Aborigines carved a large bark canoe. This canoe was probably launched on a passing stream which now flows underground to the river Yarra.

The monument was a joint initiative of the Aborigines Advancement League – Kew Branch, and the Kew Historical Society, and was erected in 1965. Former residents recall the site being a regular gathering place for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the 1960s.

From the Boroondara Site website.

The theme of this year’s NRW is #inthistogether2020. Just a decade after the monument was erected, the Camberwell Sunday Market was created, forming a regular place for people of all cultures and backgrounds to meet, talk and trade their wares.

In #NRW2020 both the traditional Aboriginal meeting place and current day market stand still. We are indeed all in this together. Let’s move forward together with greater respect and understanding for each other.

And that last great tree was not simply just a tall tree. When it was felled, possibly for Camberwell area homes and buildings, also fell some of the last living links with a life of pre-contact Aboriginal society. The tree was probably part of a song line, the canoe may have been carved out Elders past 500 years earlier, the enormous canopy was refuge to a complex biodiversity that is simply impossible to replicate today.

Let’s be better at things in a post-pandemic world.

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