Labour Day History
Labour Day in Victoria celebrates the achievements of workers and their struggle for an 8-hour work day. On April 21, 1856, workers marched through the streets of Melbourne demanding an 8-hour working day. Their protest was ultimately successful and earned the Australians a reduced work day and more humane working conditions. The day serves to remember all of those who endured harsh working conditions and the battle to secure better working conditions.
Labour Day is an annual holiday in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory and is celebrated on the first Monday of October. Elsewhere in the country, it is referred to as Eight Hours Day or as Labour Day but celebrated on differing dates.
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Labour Day References and Related SitesWendy Lewis; Simon Balderstone; John Bowman (2006). Events that Shaped Australia. New Holland Publishers. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-74110-492-9. Retrieved 7 March 2016. Events That Shaped Australia www.homeaway.com.au: Eight Hours Day independentaustralia.net: Labour day