Fox, Len
May 1962
Bulletin of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour Histo;May1962, Issue 2, p36
Academic Journal
The article examines the celebration of international May Day labor holidays in Australia. It is noted that the first known May Day event was recorded in the small town of Barcaldine, Queensland in 1891. The association of the May Day event with the eight-hour workday movement in Australia is explored. Newspaper accounts of the first Australian May Day meetings held in 1890 are discussed. The expressions on labor union banners displayed at May Day processions are described as revealing extreme nationalism, chauvinism against the Chinese and Pacific islanders, and an international outlook in an otherwise isolated Australian labor movement.


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