The Procession

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Title

The Procession

Subject

Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, armor, armour, bands, banner, Bricklayers, eight hour, guild, knight, Labour Day, labour pageant, pageantry, parade, procession, labourer, Masons, medieval guild, Melbourne, Tinsmiths, trade union, United Society of Painters, Paperhangers and Decorators, trade unionism, union, unionism, VIC, Victoria, worker, working class

Description

This article from The Argus newspaper provides a report of an Eight Hours procession through the streets of Melbourne in 1887, during which at least 50 different trades were represented. It makes note of the increasing size and elaborateness of the trade society banners being displayed, and describes in detail four banners that were featured in the parade for the first time. These were the banners of the Masons, the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, the Bricklayers’ Society and the United Society of Painters, Paperhangers, and Decorators. Union banners have a medieval predecessor in the banners displayed by guilds (an association of craftsmen in the same trade), whereby each guild had a banner to identify their trade. Some historians consider trade unions to be the successors of medieval guilds. The author of this article also points out that several of the trades made efforts to demonstrate their handicrafts during the procession, with the Tinsmiths in particular parading two knights outfitted in suits of armour.

Creator

Unkown

Source

National Library of Australia: http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article7943706

Publisher

The Argus

Date

22 April 1887

Rights

Out of Copyright

Type

Newspaper Article

Citation

“The Procession,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed July 28, 2017, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/19.