Saturday, 2 August 2008

RHSV Melbourne Day Lunchtime Lecture - Grave stories of Queen Victoria Market

When: Friday 29 August - Melbourne Day
Where: RHSV, 239 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free (members) $5.50 (non-members)
Time: 12 noon Tea/coffee Lecture: 12.30pm

Join Dr Celestina Sagazio, Senior Historian of the National Trust, for an illustrated presentation exploring the history of the fascinating and unique Queen Victoria Market.
The Queen Victoria Market is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place that has won a place in our hearts and is a leading tourist attraction in Melbourne. Yet we almost lost the market many years ago. Threats of possible closure or demolition of parts of the site were averted in the 1970s, largely through the efforts of the National Trust and other community groups and individuals. There are no other markets of this scale, occupying the original buildings, anywhere in Australia.
The ‘Vic Market’ is the only one of the major nineteenth century markets in Australia to survive intact and still operate.

The site also has considerable significance for Melbournians as the location of the Old Melbourne Cemetery, Melbourne’s first official cemetery, which opened in 1837. Thousands of people are believed to be still buried underneath the market. Like the market, the Old Melbourne Cemetery is the source of many interesting tales.

Dr Celestina Sagazio, who has worked as an historian with the National Trust for 23 years, has published widely in the heritage field. Her publications include Cemeteries: Our Heritage, Conserving Our Cemeteries and The National Trust Research Manual. Celestina has conducted
extensive research into historic places in Victoria and is involved with the classifications and conservation lobbying work of the Trust. She is the organiser of the successful Full Moon and Halloween tours of the Melbourne General Cemetery.

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