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Celebrating the 'Great Boon' : Eight Hour Day and early Labour Day in Rockhampton, 1909-1929

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 authored by Barbara WebsterBarbara Webster
Unionists in Rockhampton first celebrated Eight-Hour Day in 1909. Drawing on records of the organising committee and participating unions, and from contemporary newspaper reports, this section of the book considers the dual character of Eight Hour Day in Rockhampton: the public face of demonstration and celebration and behind-the-scenes inter-union organisation. The chapter demonstrates and explains how the significance and nature of the day changed over two decades; examines the role of the Eight Hour/Labour Day Celebration Committee in the early Rockhampton union movement to illustrate the contribution such bodies made; explores the internal dynamics of the organisation which ultimately brought about its demise in 1930; and considers why the organising committee remained independent during its lifetime and why it did not give rise to a peak industrial body as often happened elsewhere in Australia.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kimber J; Love P

Parent Title

Time of their lives : the Eight Hour Day and working life

Start Page

45

End Page

64

Number of Pages

20

ISBN-13

9780980388305

Publisher

Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

Place of Publication

Melbourne

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education;

Era Eligible

Yes

Number of Chapters

15