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Sydney's Paddy's Markets

Address: Thomas St Haymarket NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9325 6204

Tags: souvenirs, fashion, grocery, market

Sydney's Paddy's Markets as Australia's original Market boasts products as varied as fruit vegetables, clothing, CDs, flowers, homewares, sunglasses, jewellery - and is one of Sydney's major suppliers to the tourist with souvenirs and Australiana. In two locations Haymarket and Flemington.

Paddy's has been associated with the Haymarket area for 150 years. Some argue that it goes back even further because a "fringe market" in second hand goods and clothes, novelties, toys and pets operated alongside Sydney's produce market from the very early days of white settlement.

The origin of Paddy's as a distinct market dates back to 1834 when Governor Bourke decided to move traders in hay and grain to a site next to the new cattle market in Campbell Street, Sydney. The move created a split among stallholders within the "fringe" market. Some had regular customers among the cattlemen and hay and grain growers, and they moved to join farmers in the new Haymarket area. The food sellers and second hand dealers also did a good trade, both in the vicinity of the market house and around the Haymarket pubs. The majority, however, stayed on at the George Street market.

Security of tenure ran out in the late sixties when it was decided to relocate the markets to Flemington. In the parliamentary debate on the bill, the Labor opposition insisted that the future of Paddy's, "which has become a feature of Sydney life", should be guaranteed.

A weekend Paddy's Market was included in the new Flemington complex when it was opened in 1975, and although Paddy's stallholders were asked to vacate the No. 6 building in the Haymarket to make way for the $41 million Entertainment Centre, they were rehoused in the Nos. 1 and 2 markets across the way. The result was positive because Paddy's Market doubled its capacity and it seemed that the future of the institution itself was assured.

Entry to all Retail Markets is Free.

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