Trade Union banner

Trade Union banner supporting the 8-hour day featured among the banners of individual unions.

The 888 symbol communicates the main message of the 8-hour movement – that 8 hours rest, recreation and labour would lead to improved living conditions for the working class. Before 1856, tradesmen worked 14–15 hours a day, 6 days a week, and had no time to spend with their families, socialise or further their education.

Originally featured in The Australasian sketcher.


Created by Hugh George for Wilson and MacKinnon, 14 June 1873. Wood engraving


Accession number: A/S14/06/73/44


From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures Collection.


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