Black and white negative of the Australian Theatrical Amusement employees with their banner during the Eight Hour Day march on Sturt Street, Ballarat in 1926.

The Eight Hour Day march commemorated a successful protest march held on April 21, 1856 by Victorian stonemasons and other members of the building trades. The protest resulted in an agreement by the Victorian Government to ensure all workers on public sites had an eight hour working day. 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.

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A group of men and women sitting on a horsedrawn cart with a banner behind them. A man on a bicycle is standing beside them on the right. Other procession participants can be seen behind them, also seated on a horsedrawn vehicle.

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Black and white negative.

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