Exhibition to showcase market memories

Salamanca Market Circa 1970. Salamanca place is lined with colourful umbrellas, and a crowd of people milling in the street.

TASMANIANS are invited to share their memories of Hobart’s Salamanca Market through a photographic exhibition to celebrate 50 years of the iconic market.

Salamanca Market’s 50th birthday will be celebrated on 22 January 2022 with an exhibition at the market of historical photographs spanning half a century. The exhibition will then move to the Waterside Pavilion at Mawson Place.

Community members are invited to contribute their own photographs to be displayed at the exhibition by Friday 17 December.

“This is a great opportunity to go through your old family photos and reminisce about the earlier days of the market,” Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.

“We’d really love to see some of the past stallholders share photos of their stalls, showing how the market has grown and evolved over the decades.”

Digital photos can be submitted online at salamancamarket.com.au/marketmemories, or photographs can be dropped at the customer service centre at the corner of Elizabeth and Davey streets.

Photos will be scanned into digital form for use in the exhibition and will be returned to their owners. Photos should be accompanied by information about when the photo was taken, who is in the photo, and permission to publicly display the photo.

“We’re looking forward to seeing these photos come together for the exhibitions, telling the story of the market through the eyes of those who helped to make it what it is today.”

The first Salamanca Market in 1972 included just 33 stalls and was confined to a small area south of Woobys Lane. Over the years, the market’s footprint gradually expanded, eventually reaching Davey Street in 1994 with nearly 300 stalls.

A Waterfront Weekend on Parliament House Lawns is also being planned for 22 and 23 January to also add a party atmosphere to the birthday celebrations, with entertainment and family activities.

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