Badge - Lest We Forget, 1906-1907 Object Reg. No: SH 920007

Alternative Name(s): Button

Badge commemorating the Eight Hour Day, produced in 1906-1907.

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.
Circular gold and blue badge. Text is written on blue enamel border. In the centre is the number '44' encircled and surrounding is like petals are the numbers 4, 8,8,8,8,8.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.30 cm (Height), 1.00 cm (Length)

More information

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: Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Eight Hour Day
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Front: 'U.B.T / LEST WE FORGET / 1906-7'.
Engraved on reverse: '313 / STOKES & SONS'.
Maker: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1906-1907

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