Below is a brief timeline of the Central Market.

1869              On Saturday, 23rd January at 3.15am a group of market gardeners made their way to a site between Gouger and Grote Street and started to sell their produce.Over 500 people attended the first market day and some 500 purchasers made with all stock sold out by 6.00am.
1870 The official opening of the Adelaide Central Market was on the 22nd January 1870. The Central Market was open on Tuesdays and Saturdays with 50 to 100 produce carts. The market was recorded in history as having sold vegetables, fruit, hay, fish and game meats.
1900 On the 8th February 1900 the first stone was laid to build the current Central Market façade, which still stands today. In the same year a 40 meter veranda was added.
1902 Gas lighting, which had been sufficient for almost 35 years was replaced by electricity in March, 1902.
1925 Early in the morning of 27th December 1925 the market in the north eastern section suffered fire damage. The fire brigade managed to restrict damage to two shops.
1965 The Central Market was officially named in August 1965, prior to this the market was known as the City Market.
1965-1966 The Central Market underwent redevelopment which commenced on the 18th January 1965 and was completed along with a new roof top car park on 17th June 1966. The first day of trading saw a turnover of 3600 cars using the 230 bay car park.
1977 On the night of 27th June 1977, a major portion of the southern stall area of the market was badly damaged by fire causing half a million dollars worth of damage.
1977-1983 Refurbishment work began to repair damage caused by fire. Work was completed in 1983. The Central Market that you see today is a mix of new age technology and historical building.
Today The Central Market has over 70 stalls and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. The Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce. The Central Market trades largely in fruit, vegetables, small goods, and café food and is divided into a colourful array of lanes and broadways. The Central Market today remains “the Heart of Adelaide”.


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Share your memories of the Market

Do you have any old images or stories about the Central Market that you would like to share with us?

At 147 years of age, the Central Market has always been here for all of us.

Many people remember coming here as an infant to shop with their parents, some have shared special moments with others in the Market and for some it is a regular old friend.

Whatever the Market has been for you, we invite you to forward your old pictures and stories to us so we can post them on our site for everyone to enjoy!

Please provide any information that is relevant to your images and forward them to admin@adelaidecentralmarket.com