Sunday, October 02, 2005

Sydney: 150th birthday of the Eight hour day

In Sydney's Rocks area close to Observatory Hill is the Garrison Church, much used for weddings.

150 years ago the stonemasons working on the church downed tools and won an eight hour day, eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, and eight hours for themselves. On October 1 1855 they celebrated their new conditions with a special dinner.

No plaque yet commemorates this historic event, however the fact that this weekend is a long weekend (Labour Day ... formerly Eight Hour Day) is a fitting tribute.

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