Ribbon belonging to the Victorian branch of the Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation. It was used to celebrate the Eight Hour Day.
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.
Ribbon in shape of an arrow is an olive green colour. On the bottom, below a gold strip of material, are several golden tassels. On the upper half of the ribbon is a golden picture of three devoured eights. On lower half is a picture of four golden shoes. Inscription is in gold. On top of the ribbon a safety pin with red material is attached.
Donation from Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation (ABTEF), Aug 1987
Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation (ABTEF), 1908-1950
Date range based on the condition of the fabric which indicates it is from the early period of the union's existence which began 1908.
Text: 888/ HOURS/ Victorian Branch/ Australian/ BOOT TRADE/ EMPLOYEES/ Federation
Type of item
53 mm (Width), 186 mm (Height)