Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.
Queen Victoria Market is over 130 years old and has a story or two to tell. In her previous lives she has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Queen Victoria Market is the largest of Melbourne's 19th century markets. The site is listed with Heritage Victoria. Many restoration and refurbishment projects have been completed since 1970.
As well as her grand history, there is a darker and controversial side to the Vic Market. Between the years of 1837 and 1854, much of Queen Victoria Market land was the site of Melbourne's first official cemetery. It is the final resting place for approximately 10,000 early settlers including John Batman. In 1917, 914 bodies were exhumed and relocated to other cemeteries around Melbourne. Numerous unidentified bodies remain buried beneath the existing car park.