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Medal - James Galloway Grave Restoration, Labour Historical Graves Committee, Australia, 1992 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 21057

Summary:
Medal commissioned by the Labour Historical Graves Committee to commemorate the restoration of the historic grave of James Galloway in the Melbourne General Cemetery, and to raise funds towards furutre grave restorations. Galloway was a trade union official and leader of the Eight Hour Day movement. The medal features the grave monument and the Eight-Hour monument.

Galloway helped to form a Committee of Masons, of which he became Secretary, with the main aim being the introduction of an eight-hour working 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.
Description:
A large (49 mm) silver medal with 'antiqued' finish commissioned from Emil Hafner to commemorate the restoration of the historic grave of James Galloway in the Melbourne General Cemetary. It features the grave monument and the 8-Hour monument
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 48 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 52.24 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: 8 hours day movement, trade unions, working life, workers, 8 hours day celebrations, workers rights, making history - eight hour day
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Emil Hafner, Engraver (circa 1920s- ), Emil Hafner, Engraver (circa 1920s- ), James Galloway, Leader of the Eight Hour Day Movement (1828-1860)
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: trade unions
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1992 AD
Obverse Description: James Galloway Tomb in Melbourne General Cemetary; around, JAMES GALLOWAY 1828 - 1860 LEADER OF THE 8HR. COMMITTEE OF 1858 at top sides of monument, AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Eight Hour monument aver 888; around, LABOUR HISTORICAL GRAVES COMMITTEE UNVEILED G.WHITLAM A.C.Q.C. MARCH 9TH. 1992
Edge Description: Stamped 018
Inscriptions: Stamped 018 (edge)
James Galloway Tomb in Melbourne General Cemetary; around, JAMES GALLOWAY 1828 - 1860 LEADER OF THE 8HR. COMMITTEE OF 1858 at top sides of monument, AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE (obverse)
Eight Hour monument aver 888; around, LABOUR HISTORICAL GRAVES COMMITTEE UNVEILED G.WHITLAM A.C.Q.C. MARCH 9TH. 1992 (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Labour Historical Graves Committee, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1992
Mint: Hafner (Mint), Victoria, Australia
Artist: Emil Hafner, Victoria, Australia
Person Commemorated: James Galloway

Comments

George Friml Posted on 10 Aug 2012 2:33 PM
For the sake of accuracy I would just like to bring your attention the fact that it was actually sculptor/medallion maker: George Friml who designed and produced the dies for this medal and they were stuck, in both gold and silver at the Hafner Mint. I would greatly appreciate if you could amend your records re: Artist in this respect.
With Thanks,
George Friml
(Just as a point of interest I believe one was also gifted to Nelson Mandela by the Victorian Trade Union Movement).

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