Postcard - 'Bourke Street on 8 Hours Day', 1919-1930 Image Reg. No: SH 870396

Colour postcard depicting a procession on Bourke Street, Melbourne during Eight Hour Day celebrations.

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.
Cardboard with colour image on front and black printed text on the back.
Description Of Content:
Street procession featuring horse-drawn floats. A large group of onlookers stand on each side of the street. Four men are hanging from a lamp post on the left. Buildings and signs can also be seen.
Acquisition Information:
Unknown from Mrs P. Wells, 1987
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.00 cm (Height), 14.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: souvenirs, working life, hats, trade unions, postcards, 8 hours day celebrations, societies, 8 hours day movement, working hours, 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 in the bottom left corner: 'Bourke Street on 8 Hours Day'
Format: Postcard: Colour
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1919-1930

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