It’s been a Cairns landmark since the early 1970s. Rusty’s Market is one of the best reasons to head into the CBD. Fresh fruit and vegies, and much more, is on offer every Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
I’ve lived in far north Queensland for 13 years now, and when I was asked recently “who is Rusty? who is the market named after?” I had to admit I didn’t know. A few weeks later, I had the good fortune to meet local marriage celebrant Wayne Rees, who, among other things, is the son of Rusty Rees – it was Rusty who started the market in 1974.
Rusty Rees was a businessman, with many strings to his bow. He had bought a number of old properties in what used to be the China Town area of Cairns. One of them, a disused dance hall, is where Rusty stored the cars he kept as the local British Motor Corporation dealer. Some hippies wanted to put on a market and asked Rusty if they could use the venue – he said “yes” and the market is still going strong.
LISTEN to Wayne Rees tell the story of his dad, Rusty, and the earliest days of Rusty’s Market.