Ribbon of the Federated Iron, Brass and Steel Moulders Union of Australasia from circa 1899-1914. This ribbon was used to celebrate the Eight Hour Day.

Part of a collection relating to Australian trade unions and the Eight Hour Day. 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

Blue ribbon with gold tassels attached to the bottom. Gold design with the word 'hours' printed vertically appears at top section. Printed text in gold appears underneath this emblem. A large gold emblem is featured in the middle of the ribbon. It consists of a combination of the Australian Coat of Arms and an emblem with a crown in the centre surrounded by a crest with the States printed onto it. 'Union of Australasia' is printed at the bottom section of the ribbon. A safety pin is attached to the top of the ribbon and held in place by a large staple.

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