Photograph - Federated Carters & Drivers Union Procession Float, Queensland, 1910-1915 Image Reg. No: SH 910011

Photograph of the Federated Carters & Drivers Union float, possibly in an Eight Hour Day procession in Queensland.

This item is part of a collection relating to Australian trade unions and the Eight Hour Day. 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.
Sepia photograph affixed to brown cardboard.
Description Of Content:
Federated Carters and Drivers Union procession float and marches in residential streetscape with foreground of spectators and onlookers. Parade consists of horse-drawn cart carrying union banner. Inscribed union banner carried on cart 'FEDERATED / CARTERS DRIVERS UNION / ROCKHAMPTN SUB B'.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Transport Worker's Union Queensland Branch, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 13.50 cm (Height), 20.50 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: women s clothing, trade unions, 8 hours day celebrations, men s clothing, societies, horsedrawn vehicles, drivers, 8 hours day movement, workers rights, making history - eight hour day
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE UNIONS
Secondary Classification: Transport - Road
Tertiary Classification: parades
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Organisation Depicted: Federated Carters & Drivers Industrial Union, Queensland, Australia, 1910-1915
References: Fox and Lake (eds) "Australians at Work" Penguin 1990

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