The Empire presents… QVM Cemetery II. The twenty-third cache by The Empire is hidden in Victoria's premier open-air market. This cache replaces the original Queen Victoria Market Cemetery cache. This new cache is in the same vicinity, but is a new hide and finders of the original cache are encouraged to return to the market to find this one.
The vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere of this historic site has endeared the Market to Melbournians for 130 years. The Market is probably best known for its huge variety of fresh produce. Almost 50% of the Market area is dedicated to the sale of fresh produce, including fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, chicken, seafood and delicatessen products.
The remainder of the Market is used for variety and specialty goods, with Sundays being the most popular day for this category. On Sundays, the hustle and bustle of the weekday Market gives way to a more relaxed and leisurely family day. Queen Street is closed and converted into an outdoor cafe area, with children's rides and other activities.
But… here is something you may not know…
Between the years of 1837 and 1854, much of the land on which the Queen Victoria Market now stands was the site of Melbourne's first official cemetery, which housed the remains of an estimated 10,000 early settlers, including those of John Batman.
In 1917, when that Market was extended upon much of the cemetery site, 914 bodies were exhumed and re-interred at other cemeteries around Melbourne, including Melbourne General Cemetery in Carlton, and Fawkner Cemetery. Most of the other 9,000 bodies remain buried beneath the existing car park. Unfortunately, there are no records of those buried there. Following its closure, the Cemetery fell into disuse and many of the red gum head stones were stolen for firewood. Official records for the cemetery were destroyed during a fire in one of the wings of the Melbourne Town Hall.
Today, the John Batman memorial is housed on the north-east corner of the car park site, and a further memorial "Passage" to the 9,000 persons still buried on the site is situated on the corner of Queen and Therry Street.
This is a camouflaged small cache hidden to the south-east of the market. From ground zero you can view the old cemetery – now car park… you may even like to park in this car park and do some shopping! Please ensure the cache is concealed well before you leave.