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Programme - Eight Hours' Anniversary Sports, Ballarat, 1894 Document Reg. No: SH 980436

Program for Ballarat's Eight Hour Day anniversary sports event held in 1894.

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.
Booklet with black printed text.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Unknown, 1998
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, sporting events, 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: Rider & Mercer, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1894
Place & Date of Event: Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1894

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