Badge - Associate Secretary, Labor Day Celebrations, post 1934 Document Reg. No: SH 920287

Badge commemorating the Eight Hour Day Anniversary and Labor Day celebrations in Ballarat.

The Eight Hour Day march commemorated a successful protest march held on April 21, 1856 by Victorian stonemasons and other members of the building trades. The protest resulted in an agreement by the Victorian Government to ensure all workers on public sites had an eight hour working day. 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 in Melbourne.
Red cardboard badge. Shield shaped with silver embossed text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.70 cm (Height), 5.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: trade unions, 8 hours day celebrations, societies, 8 hours day movement, 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: badges
Inscriptions: Printed on badge: 'Labor Day/ Celebrations/ Ballarat Eight Hours/ Anniversary / Ass. Secretary'.
Place & Date of Event: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, post 1934

Date based on the name change from Eight Hour Day to Labour Day in 1934.

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