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Poster - 'Celebrate 150 Years of Work, Rest & Play', 2006 Document Reg. No: HT 21872

Poster for community event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Eight Hour Day on April 21, 2006. The poster features a photograph taken by Ponch Hawkes titled 'The Waiter's Race'.

Action taken by stonemasons on 21 April 1856 led to the establishment of the Eight Hour Day, with the government agreeing that workers employed on public works should enjoy an eight hour day with no loss of pay. It was a world first and became emblematic of the rights of labour. In recognition of the significance of this achievement, April 21 was made a public holiday in 1879 and commemorative marches were held each year from 1879 until 1951. The Eight Hour Day holiday was renamed Labour Day in 1934. In 1955 the Labour Day march and celebrations were replaced by Moomba
Printed poster, with black and white image and red and white text.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Dr Richard Gillespie - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 305 mm (Height), 335 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: trade unions, 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, hospitality workers, waiters, workers rights, making history - eight hour day
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Eight Hour Day
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: Printed in white text: 'Celebrate 150 years of work, rest and play/Come join the party!/Free Community Event on the 150th anniversary of the gaining of the Eight Hour Day/10am, Friday, 21 April 2006/Old Law Quadrangle, Melbourne University/'
Issued By: Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC), Victoria, Australia
Organiser of Event: Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC)
Organisation Named: Melbourne University Student Union
Place & Date of Event: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 21 Apr 2006

The event was held at the Old Law Quadrangle.
References: Celebrate 888: Report on the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Eight Hour Day, 2006, Museum Victoria, 2006

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