Ribbon belonging to the Victorian branch of the Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation. The ribbon 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.

Physical Description

Ribbon in shape of an arrow is a blue 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 eights below a golden semi circle shape with red inscription. On the centre of this ribbon is the golden crest of the Australien boot trade employees federation. Below and above red and gold inscription is engraved. On the top of the ribbon a golden metal bow is stapled. Attached to the back is a safety pin.

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