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Medal - Eight Hours Day Committee, Australia, 1910 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20385

Summary:
Eight Hour Day Committee commemorative fob awarded to W.H. Delaney.

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.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Height), 28 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: 28 * 42

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Tagged with: 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, working life, trade unions, workers, workers rights, making history - eight hour day
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: trade unions
Series: Australian 8 Hour Medals
DateEra: 1910 AD
Obverse Description: Shield surmounted by 888 with loop through centre 8; on shield simple monogram WHD
Reverse Description: Inscribed, Presented / to / W.H.DELANEY / of the / H.D.8.H.C. / 1910
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
Shield surmounted by 888 with loop through centre 8; on shield simple monogram WHD (obverse)
Inscribed, Presented / to / W.H.DELANEY / of the / H.D.8.H.C. / 1910 (reverse)
Shape: Irregular
Material: Gold
Issued By: Victoria, Australia
Awarded To: W Delaney, Australia, 1910

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