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H.V. McKay - 1911 Strike, 'Burial of the Hatchet' Poem

Archive - H. V. McKay Series B, "The Burial of the Hatchett"

Image: Archive - H. V. McKay Series B, "The Burial of the Hatchett"

Source: Museum Victoria

The 1911 strike lasted thirteen weeks. It left the union defeated, demoralized and bankrupt. This poem records the company's figurative 'burial of the hatchet' as staff returned to work in the strikes aftermath. With the 'burial' of the union the company hoped to be financially 'back into clover'.

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