Past, present and reimagining Little Malop Central

Posted 11 June 2020

Past, present and reimagining Little Malop Central

Vibrant performances, arts and culture, a variety of dining options and a rich and colourful history are some of the elements that make Little Malop Central what it is now.

When we think of Geelong, there’s one iconic spot that comes to mind, recognised for its heritage buildings and diverse free public performances – Little Malop Street.

Have you ever wondered about the history of this colourful Geelong landmark? Geelong Australia has gathered together a collection of amazing photos to give you an insight into the rich history of Little Malop Street.

Throughout the years, there has been an array of activities in the space ranging from an open–air fruit, vegetable and produce market in 1855, theatrical artists Lola Montez performing her erotic Spider Dance and tight-rope walker Madame R. Dallecase in the Gold Rush era to fabulous performances provided by our many local musicians and performers.

Steve Thew, Andrea Robertson and Friends, Levi Anderson, Rach Brennan, Kieran Tobin, Marcus Hayden, Nic Dacomb, Ethan Farmer Band. Are just a few of the many talented performers we are incredibly fortunate to have perform.

During this unprecedented time, we can look on the bright side in discovering how Little Malop Central takes on new beginnings as we continue to explore new ideas to do things a little differently.

We look forward to welcoming back our community to help create beautiful moments and hope to be able to see you soon.

Please remember when visiting Central Geelong, be mindful of physical distancing and maintain at least 1.5 metres from others.

Beautifying our community public space

An initiative by Rebecca Taylor, has brought the 1000 HEARTS project to Geelong via Wyld Work Projects Geelong. Also bringing colour and greenery into central Geelong’s community space are some planter boxes which are getting a seasonal refresh to reflect the upcoming changing season!

New displays include vegetables, Asian herbs and fragrant flower displays to bush native plants, including the Murnong, or Yam Daisy. Yam daisies once covered the lands of the Wadawurrong people, these traditional and nutritious native plants are now back growing in Little Malop Central to acknowledge Wadawurrung ongoing connection to their land.

Geelong Heritage Centre Archives – images kindly provided by the Geelong Heritage Centre.


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