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.

We miss you!

Dear friends of Camberwell Sunday Market,

I hope you’re keeping safe and well. It’s been a tough couple of months for many of you, some out of work, some isolating away from family and friends, and others managing the horrors of home schooling. Some of you are our front-line workers, doing an amazing job looking after us despite the risks of COVID19. We are forever grateful for all that you do.

Our market is such an important part of our community, and COVID19 has been a timely reminder of the importance of community. The simple joy of coming together each Sunday, sharing a smile, finding a treasure, seeing an old friend, making a new friend, having a gooey jam donut or a delicious hot dog.

Are you missing the Camberwell Sunday Market?
Because we’re missing you!

The Camberwell Sunday Market will be back bigger and better in coming months. While it is unlikely that we will be open before the second half of 2020, we WILL be back, and WILL be planning a celebration to remember.

Just as a heads up, I hope you’re using your time at home to plan your stall, make your home-crafts, and clean out your cupboards for trash and treasure. You won’t want to miss it! I’ll keep you updated about likely start dates, and the process for booking your stall.

Getting our market back up and running is important for all of us, and especially for Rotary who use the money raised each week to continue their wonderful work supporting the most
vulnerable in our local community and around the world.

Keep your chin up, and your hands clean. Hope to see you all soon.

Regards,

Paul
Market Manager

Happy Easter 2020

Good morning Everyone & Happy Easter!

We know that for many people the Camberwell Market is an important part of Easter Sunday. In years gone past, we would receive messages from people returning home for Easter and just wanting to ‘make sure we’d be open.’

Often coming from overseas or interstate, the Market was part of their family Easter Sunday tradition: it meant being ‘home’.

So from our family to yours, we miss you too and, although we are all in locked down this year, we’re pretty sure next Easter will be a ripper.

Happy Easter and we hope to be seeing you in a few months time when it’s safe to meet again. Take care.

Market Closed until the end of May 2020

The Camberwell Sunday Market will now:

• Close until the end of May 2020
‪• Open when the ban on large gatherings is lifted‬
• Refund all stall booking fees and suspend the stall booking system

Full Statement as Sunday 29th March 2020:

UPDATE 3: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The Camberwell Sunday Market

Following advice issued from the Federal Government and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer the decision was taken to close the Camberwell Sunday Market on Sunday the 15th of March 2020 and that has now been extended through to the end of May 2020. All stall booking fees for these Sundays will be refunded.

As refunds are processed you will receive notice by email.

Refund ref is… “Rotary Club of Balwyn”.

We have taken these steps in the interests of public health and safety.

The booking system has now been suspended.

Once the ban on public events is lifted we plan to have the Camberwell Sunday Market up and running on the Sunday following the removal of the ban.

We look forward to seeing you back at the Market in the near future and thank you for your continuing support as a stall holder or visitor.

Management, The Camberwell Sunday Market
and
The Rotary Club of Balwyn Sunday Market P/L

Closure of The Market

The Camberwell Sunday Market will now be:‬

‪• Closed 22nd of March 2020‬
‪• Closed 29th of March 2020‬
‪• Open when the ban on large gatherings is lifted‬

‪Full Statement as of 5pm 18th of March 2020:‬

UPDATE 2: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The Camberwell Sunday Market.

Following advice from the Federal Government and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer the decision was taken to close the Camberwell Sunday Market on Sunday the 15th of March 2020 and that has now been extended to include the 22nd and 29th of March 2020. Any payments for booked stalls for these Sundays will be refunded.
As refunds are processed you will receive notice by email “Refund ref is… Rotary Club of Balwyn.”

Any extension of the close dates will result in a refund for those weeks involved.

We have taken these steps in the interests of public health and safety.
We will be leaving the booking system open and we will continue to take bookings into the future with the guarantee that if a booked date becomes a “closed market” then a full refund will be forthcoming.

Once the ban on public events is lifted we plan to have the Camberwell Sunday Market up and running on the Sunday following the removal of the ban.

We look forward to seeing you back at the Market in the near future and thank you for your continuing support as a stall holder or visitor.

Management, The Camberwell Sunday Market
and
The Rotary Club of Balwyn Sunday Market P/L

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Dear stall holders, visitors and friends of our beloved Camberwell Sunday Market,

It is with great sadness that we advise that the Market will be closed until further notice. The following statement has been issued:

UPDATE 1: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The Camberwell Sunday Market – Friday 13 March 2020.

Following advice from the Federal Government and Australia’s Chief Medical Officer the decision has been taken to close the Camberwell Sunday Market as from Sunday March 15th 2020 until further notice.

We have taken this step in the interests of public health and safety.

Under these circumstances all payments for booked stalls for this and other closed Sundays will be refunded.

We will be leaving the stall booking system open and we will continue to take bookings into the future with the guarantee that if a booked date becomes a “closed market” then a full refund will be forthcoming to stall holders.

Once the ban on public events is lifted we plan to have the Camberwell Sunday Market up and running on the Sunday following the removal of the ban.

We look forward to seeing you back at the Market in the near future and thank you for your continuing support as a stall holder or visitor.

Management, The Camberwell Sunday Market and The Rotary Club of Balwyn Sunday Market P/L.

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