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WHO IS RUSTY? THE MAN THE CAIRNS MARKET IS NAMED AFTER

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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.

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