Chinaman’s Hill Bazaar
Opening Saturday 8th September and each and every Saturday thereafter in the Farmville Car park located corner of Great North Road and Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn Auckland
Chinaman’s Hill Bazaar is looking for Charismatic, Creative, Inspiring traders for a Market that identifies Grey Lynn’s Earthy, Edgy, Artistic, Bohemian self!
If you believe you have the goods and charm to enhance this event plse feel free to contact Gene via Facebook: Chinaman’s Hill Bazaar.
Chinaman's Hill Bazaar gets its name from the fact that the area was once known as such, (Chinaman’s Hill), from around the 1880s.
The area got the name because many pioneering Chinese families were living and doing market gardening in the area.
The early Chinese who came to New Zealand were of peasant background from Southern China. Initially many headed for the Otago goldfields but faced with hostility, little prospect for gold and economic recession many moved to urban areas and to the main cities in the north Island.
Some of them settled in the areas of Point Chevalier, Grey Lynn, and Westmere; and soon the “Great North Road” hill in Grey Lynn became known as Chinaman's Hill.
Western Springs at that time was used as a source for water supplies to the City of Auckland and the area was rough, boggy and unsuitable for housing. Water was pumped from an artificial lake created by the City of Auckland to two reservoirs- one was in the corner of Ponsonby Road and K' Road and the other in a block bordered by Khyber Pass, Symond Street and Burleigh Street.
A typical sight in those days would have been Chinese men collecting water from Western Springs with a pole and buckets for the gardens. Other similar areas in Auckland where the Chinese were doing market gardening during that era, are where Carlaw Park is now situated and Mangere.
As urban Auckland expanded in the 1900s developments continued to take place including the Auckland City Council Zoological Gardens, housing and many schools were built to serve the growing suburbs in the area.
The Chinese moved on to other areas in the city and some of them became well known traders.