Eight Hour Procession 1901, Sydney

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Title

Eight Hour Procession 1901, Sydney

Subject

Eight-Hours Day, Sydney, Labour Movement, Trade Unions, carnival, Trade Union, trade unionism, procession, parade, processions, parades, ‘Merrie England’, craft guild, guild, guilds, craft, medieval origins of eight-hours day, carnival, Professor J.E. Thorold Rogers, Agincourt, Poitiers, Golden age of labour, labour, labourer, work, worker, workers, labourers, Charles Jardyne Don, stonemasons; King Alfred as originator of eight hours rest, sleep and recreation, Tooth’s brewery, Sydney, New South Wales, NSW

Description

The writer credits the craft guilds of medieval England for the eight-hour system, including the Saturday half-holiday. The latter was supposed to be devoted to archery practice, which eventually ensured English mastery of the bow and arrow and their successes at Agincourt and Poitiers. Later in the article, King Alfred is cited as the originator of the divided day: sleep, work and recreation.

Although the eight-hour movement was won in Melbourne in 1856 after the stonemasons working on the construction of the University of Melbourne marched to the Government House, the writer asserts that it was won in Sydney in 1855 for the Tooth’s brewery workers.

Creator

O'Sullivan, R.W.

Source

National Library of Australia

Publisher

The Sydney Morning Herald

Date

7 May 1901

Rights

National Library of Australia

Format

Newspaper Article; PDF

Language

English

Document Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Newspaper Article; PDF

Citation

“Eight Hour Procession 1901, Sydney,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed August 18, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/373.