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Yungaburra Markets History

Today the Yungbaurra Market is a cornerstone of village life, featuring 250 stalls and bringing thousands of visitors to the village each month. The Market was established over 30 years ago by Bruce Jones and the P&C committee from Yungaburra State School. The market grounds now bear Bruce's name.

The history below provided courtesy of J. Collier.

The First Market

On 17th May 1977 a letter was sent to the Eacham Shire Council by P&C secretary Cheryl Williams;

17th May 1977

I wish to ask your permission to conduct a market on the Railway Reserve Yungaburra on Saturday 21st May, 1977 from 10.00 am to 2.00 p.m. for the purpose of providing a market place as an outlet for arts and crafts, fruit and vegetables, cooking and whatever anyone may wish to sell. We also hope to provide a meeting venue for people to barter and chat about, maybe stop for lunch. A fee of $2.00 will be charged for each stall or vendor and this will go towards promoting the markets and possibly provide funds for the P.&C.

Cheryl Williams,
Yungaburra State School P. & C. Secretary.

Tables for fourteen stalls were carried from the school to the Railway Reserve.

The First Year

Growth necessitated more permanent stall sites. Ellis Hughes designed tables to slot together. Hundreds of hours were spent preparing the frames. Donated doors and second hand timber was used for tops. The workers inclued Keith and Darryl Borrensen, Bruce Jones, Neil Coleman Jack Coghlan, Morris De Tourner (Sr.), Fred Williams, Kevin and Isabell Mather.

Over fifty stalls were booked for the First Birthday Market held on 27th May, 1978


Volunteers have done the organizing and money collecting over the years. In the early years that included Sue Poggioli, John Rutherford, Kevin Mather and Doug Burchill. The first paid organizer Linda Scott, was hired 1984, but volunteers continue to play an important role setting up, collecting money, staffing the information booth, and cleaning up afterwards.

Business Beginnings - MELTONE

The Yungaburra Markets was an important instrument for our experiments in self-expression and self-sufficience.

Every month the markets were there - and we were there: with weeks worth of work poured into whatever we had on display. In the early years our range included puppets, home-made breads, leatherwork, marcrame and a few funny coloured Herbal Skin Fresheners.

The Markets - then as it is now (only more of it!) was a relaxed, friendly place where we could rub shoulders with our customers. Literally in our case, as there was always the chance to try our our Chilli Heat Rub on the odd arthritic shoulder - and get feed-back on what our products were like.

It was direct contact with PEOPLE, via the markets, that has made our Meltone range as successful as it now is.

Markets used to be our big thing, and we relied on them to make an income. Making $60-$100 was the high point of our month in the days when we lived on between $6 and $20 per week and grew most of our fruits and vegetables.

We look back fondly on the day we stood nervously behind a stall (1978) and displayed our few wares to even fewer customers, and made $15 to call our own. Then we swapped wares with the other stall holders, as was the common custom when not selling much for the day.

Melanie Every.

What the Markets do for Yungaburra State School

Upon her retirement in 2013, much-loved principal Chris Fahey wrote this letter to stall-holders expressing her gratitude and explaining how important the funds raised for the P&C by the markets are to the school.

18 June 2013

Dear Stall Holders,

I am writing to you today, to thank you for your ongoing support of our Markets and ultimately our school community.

Many of you may not be aware that Yungaburra State School Markets have been operating for over 34 years and were the brainchild of a previous well known Yungaburra State School Principal, Bruce Jones.

Very much of what you know about the markets has evolved over this time with little more than volunteer labour year after year. More recently, a Market Coordinator has been employed. This person is required to give a set number of volunteer hours, as well as those for which she is paid.

Your contributions in terms of site fees, go directly to the benefit of students at Yungaburra State School, as has been the case throughout time. Over the years, many items have been purchased. Some of the bigger ticket items have included the initial building of the structure that has recently become our hall, and the purchase in the last few months of grounds care equipment, including a brand new Toro mower, to help keep 10.5 acres of school land tidy and in splendid condition for our students.

Each year our P&C helps to fund important programs in our school, especially in Literacy, (Cars and Stars as well as Spelling Mastery) for our students. This allows ALL students to be able to access the programs. Other important funding that the P&C helps provide, include bus travel for students to camp, Computer purchasing for student use and interactive whiteboards for teachers to use with students in the classroom.

The P&C Market money also ensures that applications made for outside grant funding, can be matched, thus ensuring positive results for some of our applications. Currently there is a new Junior Playground being installed at school. Again, the focus is always on what can be achieved for our children. I am retiring from Yungaburra State School this week. I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your part in helping our village raise its children. Your contribution is noted and received with sincere thanks.

I hope Yungaburra State School Markets continue to be as wonderful as they are today.

My grateful thanks,

Chris Fahey B.Ed, Dip.T.

34 days to the next Yungaburra Market.
July 2017
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