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Invitation - Ballarat Eight Hour Day Anniversary Committee, circa 1940 Document Reg. No: SH 920326 2

Invitation to Ballarat's Eight Hour Day anniversary.

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.
White cardboard with purple text and border
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: working life, 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, 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: invitations
Inscriptions: Printed text: 'TRADES HALL, BALLARAT/Ballarat Eight Hours' Anniversary Committee/The President of the above extends a/hearty Invitation to/to be present at their Annual Celebration/On/W.J. McADAM/Secretary'
Place & Date of Event: Ballarat Trades Hall, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1940
Organiser of Event: Ballarat Eight Hour Day Anniversary Committee, circa 1940
References: See Parent Record

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