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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.

One little invoice

Danks InvoiceIn October 1895, 120 years ago, John Danks & Son, of 391 Bourke Street, Melbourne, invoiced the Richmond Council for work repairing a fire hydrant in Richmond. Melbourne had become one of the most modern cities in world, with grand public buildings and infrastructure, it seemed the envy of the world having grown on the back of the great Victorian gold discoveries of the 1850’s.

In 1880 the cosmopolitan city successfully hosted the Melbourne International Exhibition and in 1888 the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition, commemorating European settlement just 100 years earlier in 1788. By 1895 Melbourne had grown and was more modern than most European Capitals.

In five years the city would become the temporary capital of the world’s newest nation, the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia’s first parliament was opened in the Royal Exhibition Building and continued to sit in Victoria’s State Parliament for over a quarter of a century.

The Camberwell Town Hall just a few years old in 1895 and also symbolic of the grandeur and wealth of the new Colony and soon to be Federation. Steam engines powered transport, industry and helped build the prosperity reflected in the mansions and public buildings of the time.

In October 1895, an accounts clerk at Danks in Bourke Street quickly wrote out one month end account to Richmond Council n the decorative debit note, still bearing the medallions of the Colony’s success. But perhaps a little concerned, that October has been unseasonably dry and the drought had spread southward from the Colony of New South Wales. By November many wheat crops had failed and it was the beginning of what would become known as the Federation Drought.

Then one Sunday, 120 years later, a collector with an interest in old documents came across a stall holder selling several dozen old documents from Richmond Council. There was one in particular that caught his eye, from 1895, for a fire hydrant repair: it captured the essence of the period in Melbourne, steam, grand exhibitions, a little piece of paper that in a folder, in a box, on a table, of a stall holder at Rotary’s Camberwell Sunday Market.

That Bourke Street clerk at Danks could never have known, the invoice that was hurriedly filled out, would last more than a century before it re-appeared at our Market to be featured in an article by one of Australia’s biggest accounting software providers.

But that is what Camberwell Sunday Market is all about – who knows what you will discover.

You can read more about the invoice here: MYOB

Welcome to the new Sunday Market website!

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Welcome to our new website! You are going to start seeing more changes around Rotary’s Camberwell Sunday Market soon.

You will have already seen we have Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts you can follow. If not, you can see them to the right of the screen on large screens or at the bottom of the page on smaller devices like mobile phones. We are very excited about the changes, so please check out our social media accounts and ‘check-in’ on your favourite social media.

Stall holders will also notice that to access the booking system, a new button appears on this website to you can press to quickly look for available stall sites. Thank you for you support as we have made the background IT changes to link the stall site booking system to this page, but most of all, thank you for your support of Rotary’s Sunday Market. It is a part of Camberwell and a part of Melbourne!

We are getting social!

Did you know you can connect with Rotary’s Camberwell Sunday Market in many different ways.
Our new social media channels now up and running are Facebook and Twitter. You can click on the logos below to find us.


You can see the types of post that we make on Facebook or tweets on this website blog also, to the right of the screen on a traditional monitor. If you are viewing this on a mobile device, you may find that Facebook and Twitter are located to underneath the main content.

A blog is a form of social media also. So please connect with us!