160th Anniversary Labour Day Dinner


You are invited to attend the 160th Anniversary of Labour Day.

Please purchase tickets here.

An evening celebrating the historic 1855 victory of Sydney workers in their struggle to win the eight-hour day.

160 Years of Labour Day Dinner

When: Friday, November 13, 2015
Where: NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Price: $130 per seat. Tables of 8, 10, and 12 are also available.

On 18 August 1855 the Stonemasons Society in Sydney issued an ultimatum to employers that in six months time, masons would only work an eight-hour day. However men working on the Holy Trinity Church in Argyle Cut, and on the Mariners Church could not contain their enthusiasm and decided not to wait. They preemptively went on strike, won the eight-hour day, and celebrated with a victory dinner on 1 October 1855.

This win had a flow on effect and by 1871, workers in four trades had won the eight-hour day. It was not until 1916 when the state passed the NSW Eight Hours Act that all states got the benefit of what one society fought for 61 years prior.

So come along and join with other labour movement supporters as we reflect, celebrate and enjoy the victories of our ancestors and consider the current and future challenges facing our movement.

  • Guests will enjoy a 3 course meal and beverages throughout the evening.
  • Seats are $130 per person alternatively tables of 8, 10 and 12 can also requested.
  • Venue parking will not be available this year, so best consider alternate transport options.

Purchase your tickets here!


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Friday, November 13, 2015


07:00 PM – 11:00 PM


NSW Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney, NSW 2000

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