Alternative Name(s): Button

Badge belonging to the Hobart Eight Hour Day Demonstration Committee, made in 1915.

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.

Physical Description

Shield shaped button of gold metal and enamel. It has a crown and ring set in the top. Feathered border, band of dark blue enamel with raised gold letterin. At centre is a shield with three interlocking 8's, surrounded by light blue enamel. Beneath this are two hands in a handshake. Date in dark blue enamel rectangular section beneath the crown. Light blue enamel detail appears each side.

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