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Programme - Eight Hours' Anniversary Sports, Ballarat, 1891 Document Reg. No: SH 980438

Program for Ballarat's Eight Hour Day anniversary sports event held in 1891.

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.
Two page booklet with black text printed on both sides. The cover page and back cover also feature black printed text of advertisements. The cover is adorned with a decorative border surrounding the text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown, 1998
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, bicycle racing, sporting events, hurdles, sprint championship, 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: programs
Printer: Berry, Anderson & Co., Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Place & Date of Event: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: R.H Sutton & Co, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: Exhibition Mart, Ballarat East, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: Thresher & Watkins, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: J. Whykes Merchant Tailor, Importer, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: Middleton & Morris, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: Phoenix Foundry Co Ltd, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891
Advertiser: Academy of Music, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1891

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