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We are closed for Christmas on Sundays Dec 17 & 24, 2017


Wow, 2017 has flown by. Thank you to all – visitors, stall holders and volunteers – for your amazing support of during 2017. As 2018 approaches, our trading days will be:

  • Open Sunday December 10, 2017
  • Closed December 17 & 24, 2017
  • Open Sunday December 31, 2017

We hope you all have a great Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Over the last 41 years, there has been one constant: Sundays at Camberwell. The children of 1976 came here with their parents and grandparents. Millions of people, potentially from five or six generations, have visited Camberwell for a uniquely Melbourne experience.

Over the decades, our philosophy has never changed. We provide an opportunity for Melbournians to meet, gather, trade and discover items from days gone by, from the mundane to discovering the extraordinary. As in the beginning, behind it all is the Rotary Club of Camberwell and as the market has grown it has become supported by an army of Rotary volunteers from various Clubs.

Not only does the community come together over hot jam donuts and coffee to exchange second hand, retro, antique, vintage and collectible items – the Market represents a huge opportunity to recycle, reuse, repurpose and save time capsules of Australian history in the process.

The gold coin donations are one important part of raising money for charities, humanitarian and other community projects in Australia and around the world. Stall holder fees also provide a great financial fund for supporting Rotary Projects.

As 2017 draws to a close, we reflect that there is good in this world and this community. Your great great grandmother may have purchased flowers or sold household goods here. As it was then ,and as it now, items were recycled and not thrown out. Proceeds raised from the community were used for the benefit of community and those in need. Everyone who participates (visits, or sells goods) is giving, not taking – perhaps without even knowing it.

So thank you. Thank you all, for together we are more than we are as single parts, a continuity of goodwill and community of many, for many.

Merry Christmas.


🎗 The Toolman

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After 40 years of running the iconic Camberwell Sunday Market, on June 11, 2017,  we suffered the great loss of one of our popular stall holders.

Paul Anastasiadas (The Toolman) suffered a fatal heart 6am as the Market was getting started. Our condolences go to Paul’s family and in particular his grandson who was in attendance.

We are very proud of the Sunday Market’s supporting team of 10 Rotarians ably lead by Stephen Dowling (Balwyn) and our Market Manager Paul Myers, who together with the Police, MFB and Ambulance crews handled the situation in a professional and caring manner.

Rotary Club of Balwyn

National Reconciliation Week 2017

It is National Reconciliation Week, May 27 – June 3rd, 2017.

Did you know that funds from Market provide an annual scholarship the Balwyn Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tertiary Scholarship?

Learn more about the scholarship:

This year is a significant year because it is 50 years since the 1967 Referendum & 25 years since the Mabo decision.

Swanston Street Melbourne in May. 

May, 60 years ago. The famous National Bank of Australasia Ltd’s collectible calendar of 1957 looks fondly back to pre-Federation Melbourne. A Swanston Street reproduction of c.1863 – from the gold rich British Colony of Victoria, the streets seem just too clean to be true.

The tragedy of WW2 still rippled through family homes and the maddens of the Korean was at a stalemate: the North Korean invasion of South Korea was repelled. The subsequent American-led invasion of North Korea was repelled with massive support from China.

The subsequent Chinese invasion of South Korea was then repelled & a crazy stability has now lasted just over 60 years.

Robert Menzies was Prime Minister and Melbourne had just hosted a successful 1956 Olympics Games. Things were looking prosperous for the young country. Legacies of the “founding fathers” of the Melbourne were being cast, just the improbably clean streets depicted in 1863.

You can often find National Bank calendars at the Camberwell Market. The look great framed!