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Badge - Eight Hour Day, 1896 Object Reg. No: SH 920001

Badge from circa 1896 which commemorates 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.
The badge consists of an emu on the left and a kangaroo on the right of a circled number '8'. Aabove the number is the date 1896 in a banner form and below is another type base on which the animals and number stand. It ha s an engraved border. Loop attached to top of badge with 2 others linked.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 30 mm (Height), 3 mm (Width), 40 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: working life, trade unions, workers, buttons, societies, 8 hours day movement, workers rights, making history - eight hour day
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Eight Hour Day
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Engraved front: '1896'.
Engraved front lower banner: 'LABOUR/RECREATION/REST'.
Reverse: 'M2'.
Date Made: 1896

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