“Lovely….. . You gotta buy them, lovely ladies.”


Certainly not on the regular tourist circuit, Torrens Island Market is tucked away in the middle of no-where – through an industrial wasteland though only 30mins from Adelaide CBD. Its relative isolation means it is authentic, local and as such the place to go. A word of warning though – there are no stuffed kangaroos, cuddly koalas, gaudy boomerangs or other tacky tourist paraphernalia here (not that readers of blog would be seeking anything tacky!). Continue reading ““Lovely….. . You gotta buy them, lovely ladies.””


A Place of Insidious Temptation


The Adelaide Central Market first opened in 1869, though was called the City Market until 1965.

In earlier days, besides selling produce, the market area doubled up as a venue for public meetings and outdoors entertainment, such as Wilson’s Circus troupe with its man-eating lions. I have seen nothing to suggest that they actually ate any men. Continue reading “A Place of Insidious Temptation”

Former Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange


In my review of the former East End Market, I related that it had outgrown its site by 1900 by which time William Charlick, proprietor of a fruit, potato and grocery store within the market area, had acquired the adjacent large block of land between Rundle and Grenfell Streets.

Charlick attempted to do a deal with the East End Market Co Ltd such that it extend its market onto his land, to his gain of course. Continue reading “Former Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange”

The Former East End Market


As Adelaide expanded and market gardens grew on the outskirts of the city a market place was needed where buyers and sellers could trade.

Various attempts since 1840 to establish a lasting formal market all failed. For example an 1851 proposal for a market in Light Square, in the west of the City, was objected to on the basis that Light Square was already “the most notorious den of iniquity in town”. Continue reading “The Former East End Market”

Bric A Brac With Atmosphere


Set up in the grounds of Rozelle Public School, itself a nice sandstone building opened in 1877, Rozelle Markets is a community flea market offering a wide variety of bric-a-brac and small antiques. Additionally there is a small amount of new produce and, thankfully, a distinct absence of trashy cheap imports. All up there would be up to 100 stalls on a typical market day – a giant garage sale, if you will. Continue reading “Bric A Brac With Atmosphere”

Gorman House Art Centre, Markets and Canberra Contemporary Art Space

Gorman House was constructed in 1925. At that time only it and the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings ( both still on Northbourne Avenue) existed in Civic – the embryonic commercial part of Canberra. The building was designed by John Smith Murdoch who also designed Old Parliament House and the Hotel Canberra (now the Hyatt). You can certainly see the similarities in design. Continue reading “Gorman House Art Centre, Markets and Canberra Contemporary Art Space”