Mounted photograph of the Rockhampton Labour Day Celebration Union in 1920.

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.

Description of Content

Group of 31 men and five women wearing Labour Day badges and medals on their clothes. The men are wearing suits and ties, while the women are in long skirts and blouses.

Physical Description

Photograph mounted on-undyed cardboard, with black printed inscriptions along top and bottom of mount.

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