History of the Kirribilli Markets
The Kirribilli Markets were first held on January 21st 1976 in the back yard of the newly opened Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre. The Market quickly grew in size and popularity spreading into the adjacent yard of the then Kirribilli Public School.When Kirribilli Public School was sold the Markets moved to the park along Alfred street South beside the Bridge and then for a short time to Bradfield Park under the Bridge. When North Sydney Council acquired the Milsons Point Bowling Club the Council kindly gave permission the Markets to conducted on the old bowling green and in the Burton street tunnel. This allowed the Markets to expand to it’s present 220 stalls. All monies raised by the Market go to fund the programs of the Kirribilli Centre.
The Kirribilli Markets Today
Today, the Kirribilli Markets is one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular Markets. Featuring stalls selling, new and recycled fashion and accessories, emerging local fashion designers, home and gift wares, arts and craft, jewellery, plants, gourmet foods and a whole lot more.
Supporting the Kirribilli Centre
Funds raised by the Kirribilli Markets go towards supporting the Kirribilli Centre. The Kirribilli Centre is a neighbourhood centre set in a heritage building close to the north side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is a place for the community to meet, gather, socialise, take classes and seek advice or information. The neighbourhood centre provides information; free community services, heritage room hire and hosts a wide range of courses, workshops, events and clubs including Yoga & Pilates, Bridge, Language, Art and Music classes and a variety of activities for children including a daily playgroup and toy library. TKC rooms and spaces are often hired by locals for parties, weddings and other celebrations.
The Centre also runs The Bradfield Carers Program – a not for profit service which offers support and respite to carers of people with a mental illness living within the Northern Sydney area.