Lottery barrel used by the Ballarat Eight Hours Celebration Committee to hold lottery tickets at trade union picnics in Ballarat. Prior to arriving at Museum Victoria, the barrel was housed at the Ballarat Trades Hall where it was used for many years as a stage prop.

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.

Physical Description

Large wooden barrel on wooden stand.The wooden barrel, with six metal bands around it, is placed on a wooden stand made of two triangular 'legs' strengthened by two other pieces of wood fastening them together. The stand is shaped so that it can easily be carried. The barrel is slotted into the stand by a metal fixture on each end. An oblong piece has been cut out of the barrel, hinged to form a flap which is fastened by a metal fixture and a padlock (now missing).

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