Medal - Eight Hours Committee, Congress of Trade Unions, Australia, 1891 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20210

Summary:
Q silver membership badge of the 1891 Eight Hours Committee which co-ordinated the annual Eight Hour Day celebrations.

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: 44 mm (Height), 38 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: 38 * 44

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Tagged with: 8 hours day celebrations, 8 hours day movement, trade unions, working life, 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 Union Medals
DateEra: 1891 AD
Obverse Description: At centre a large 8 over HOURS; around, LABOUR - RECREATION - REST below, 1891. Ribbon through loop missing but bar 8 HOURS COMMITTEE held
Reverse Description: stamped, C.Mc.F. / STG.SILVER
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: 8 HO U RS LABOUR - RECREATION - REST 1891.
Reverse: stamped, C.Mc.F. / STG.SILVER
Bar: 8 HOURS COMMITTEE
Shape: Star
Material: Silver
Issued By: Congress of Trade Unions, Victoria, Australia
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Andrew Reeves - Museum of Victoria Social History Division, Another Day Another Dollar : Working Lives in Australian History, McCulloch Publishing, Melbourne, 1988

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