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Postcard - Victorian Trades Hall Council, 'Eight Hour Day', 2006 Image Reg. No: MM 97622

Postcard for a community event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Eight Hour Day. It features a photograph taken by Ponch Hawkes titled 'The Waiters Race'. The event was organised by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and was held on April 21, 2006 at the Old Law Quadrangle at the University of Melbourne.

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 celebrations.
Printed postcard, with image and Eight Hour Day logo on front and text on back.
Description Of Content:
The front of the postcard shows a waitress spilling a beverage as other waiters and onlookers look on. A man in a hat is seated at the front and his holding two empty glasses. Details of the 150th anniversary are printed on the back.
Acquisition Information:
Collected from Dr Richard Gillespie - Museum Victoria Collections, Research & Exhibitions, 2006
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 100 mm (Width), 150 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: trade unions, 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, waiters, hospitality industry, 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
Format: Postcard: Colour; See Dimensions
Organiser of Event: Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC), Victoria, Australia, 2006
Publisher: Avanti Card, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2006
Place & Date of Event: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 21 Apr 2006

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

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