When it comes to antiques, there is no better place to find a rare gem or unique treasure than Camberwell Junction.
Whether you’re hunting the stalls at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market for a pre-loved treasure or searching the shelves at Camberwell Antique Centre, there are plenty of incredible items to be found, often with fascinating stories attached to them.
Meet Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market stallholder David Hauswirth
He has been trading from his famous antiques stall at the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market for more than 15 years, so you could say David Hauswirth knows a thing or two when it comes to collector’s items.
As a part of Camberwell Camera Club’s tradition, the Club will be setting up a Photo Booth at the Camberwell Market on Sunday, 10th of July. Please come visit their Photo Booth, get your picture taken and invite your family and friends! The booth will be situated on the western side of the Market, behind the ANZ Bank and will operate from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. As in previous years, there will be no charge for the photos.
This will be the 7th year of the Camberwell Camera Club (CCC) organising a photoshoot. On average the CCC photograph 50-55 groups of people over a Sunday (individuals, families, groups of friends) with a number of photos for each group. It is estimated that over the years the Club have taken about over 1,000 photos.
What is the secret to capturing a perfect portrait? “To capture the character of the model or, in case of family groups, the relationship within the group such a parents’ love of the child and the child love of parents.“
The CCC provides this as a service to the local community. Members of Club donate their time and expertise at no cost to the persons photographed.
The most satisfying part for photographers is that the same people come year after year and that they enjoy the atmosphere of the activity and appreciate the end result.
Many club members have had individual exhibitions or taken part in group photographic exhibitions. Quite a few CCC members received local (Australian) and international awards for their work.
Portraits shown are from prior Market photo booths, courtesy of the CCC.
How fortunate are we, the current members of the Rotary Club of Balwyn, to have inherited the incredible legacy of the Rotary Camberwell Sunday Market? At the July club Board meeting in 1976 the vote to start a Sunday market at Camberwell junction was tied, six for six against. Charter members, President Jim Hopper and President Elect Fred Gibbs were on the Board. Jim Hopper cast the deciding vote in favour.
The first market on 29/08/1976 was a car boot sale in the Market Pl. car park. Those early days required the club members to start at 5am and finish mid-afternoon. In the forty-five years of trading every Sunday, except for Covid lockdowns, over $20 million has been raised. The ripple effect of our many projects and the projects of other Rotary clubs and community organisations we have supported is enormous.
Paul Coghlan, recently retired supreme court judge and Sunday market tragic, recently regaled us with stories of his thirty-six years of almost weekly attendance. Wearing his faded, once orange cap, a diet coke in hand he followed the same three-hour path starting at the bottom gate with a gold coin donation. The only thing that has changed for Paul is now he has a sit-down coffee with friends and a much quicker walk due to the changing mix of stalls. According to Paul it is the people, stall holders, patrons and Rotarians, that make the market special.
At a recent Board meeting, two Balwyn Centenary Grants were approved (funded from the net proceeds of the Camberwell Sunday Market and the most recent example what the Market supports):
• $25,000 together with existing funds will enable the Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network to purchase a van to be used to pick up donated goods and to deliver need goods to those in need. Having their own vehicle will make them much more agile, able to source more quality stock donations and therefore support more people in need in the inner Melbourne municipalities that we service.
• $24,000 to the Rotary Clubs of Central and South Launceston towards their water bore project inTanzania. Note: Funding to be used to install two bores including hydrology survey, drilling hole, testing water quality and volume, casing hole, capping hole and installing hand pump. Installation of 10-20 water bores with hand/manual pumps to provide drinking water for villages of 2,000 –5,000 population in Tarime District of Northern Tanzania, that currently do not have easy access to drinking water. For most of the year women and schoolgirls spend a large part of their day walking up to 10 kilometres per trip to collect water from ephemeral streams and small dams.
ANNE FRUEH President, Rotary Club of Balwyn (adapted from the Club Newsletter)
Join us in Camberwell Junction on Sunday, May 22, for a special celebration. The market will open as usual from 7am to 12:30pm, with special Sunday Funday events commencing at 10am.
The day is a celebration to mark $20 million raised by the iconic Camberwell Sunday Market and Rotary for community projects.
Camberwell Sunday Market was started in the mid-1970s by Balwyn Rotary and has operated continuously (except for COVID19 closures) for almost 50 years.
Head down to the Sunday Market to enjoy live music, entertainers, face painters and giveaways as you browse stalls for your next retro treasure. Then head to the shops in Camberwell Junction precinct to uncover new season fashion or stop in at a cafe to enjoy some downtime.
It is always so exciting when people have their first stall at Camberwell. With social media it is so easy to share in the excitement!
This Mothers Day, ‘Shop Gifts for the Soul’ will be premiering at Camberwell Market from 7am to 12:30pm. Here is one image they shared on their Instagram channel @shopgiftsforthesoul of goodies at their stall. Drop by stall 364 to see more!
From Instagram: “We are so excited for our FIRST Sunday market @camberwell_sunday_market :