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Established by Balwyn Rotary in 1976, the Camberwell Sunday Market has become a Melbourne weekend institution. Our market is known for specialty items that are retro, vintage or nostalgic. We love being part of 'old Melbourne' and helping you find things you will find nowhere else. And environmentally friendly - wow - we have been lowering the carbon footprint of Melbourne for years by recycling and reselling second hand items in nearly 400 weekly stall. Discover a Treasure. Discover a Cause. Discover Camberwell.

From the President, Balwyn Rotary

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.

Rain, hail or shine: we’ll be there. Rotary volunteers Graeme Bullock (Balwyn) and Tony Nguyen (Canterbury)

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.

President, Rotary Club of Balwyn
(adapted from the Club Newsletter)

Celebrating $20m raised

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.

Mothers Day at the Market

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 :

☆ Sunday May 8th 🥰
☆ 7am – 12.30pm 💫
☆ Stall 3️⃣6️⃣4️⃣

We will be selling our beautiful Astrology Bath Bombs and our Personalised Birth Charts will be on show and available to order 🌠🌈 Come on down and smell our delicious Bath Bombs and enjoy 3 for $17!

Each Bath Bomb purchased is enjoyed with a unique Soul Affirmation card 💫🛀 What will your message be? 🤔 💭

We can’t wait to connect and have a chat with you all. 😘🌟”

We are open through the holidays

Rotary’s Camberwell Sunday Market will be open as usual right through the April school holidays.

We’re open as usual on Easter Sunday and over the ANZAC Day long weekend.

Meet the Easter Bunny this Sunday, April 10. The Easter Bunny and his fairy friend will visit the Camberwell Sunday Market to hand out free chocolates April 10 from 10am – 1pm. Details:

We’ll be open as usual on Easter Sunday, April 17, and Sunday, April 24, from 7am to 12:30pm.

Flood Relief this Sunday

Large parts of Eastern Australia have been hit by historic flooding in March 2022. These communities are only now beginning to recover.

On Sunday 27 March 2022 all market proceeds will be donated to flood relief. The Rotary Club of Balwyn and associated clubs will be collecting gold coin donations at market entry points, so please join us this weekend and contribute generously to this worthy cause.