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Eight Hours Day in Australia

 

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Eight Hours Day is a prominent day for Australians meant to celebrate the achievement of working day limited to eight hours. This day celebrates the workers role in contributing towards the nation’s economy.

The number Eight is observed on many union buildings in Australia which symbolises Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation and Eight hours rest. Example of such a monument is a golden globe bearing the 888 symbol established in Spring Street in Melbourne in 1903.

When and How Eight Hour Day is Called in Other States?

Eight Hour Day is called by different names in different states. Below are the dates and names of the Eight Hour Day:

In Western Australia, it is observed on 4th March 2013 and commonly called as Labour Day

In Tasmania, it is celebrated on 11th March 2013 and known as Labour Day

Queensland, New South Wales, Australia capital territory and South Australia, it is observed on 7th October 2013 and called as Labour Day

In Northern territory it is known as May Day.

Origin of Eight Hour Day

Till mid to late 1800s, the working conditions in Australia were long and arduous. People used to work up to 12 hours a day and six days a week. Many citizens of Australia demanded the need for Eight Hour Day by marching to the parliament house at the University of Melbourne on April 21 1856. The struggle of limiting the working day and the importance of rest and recreation was coined by the slogan Eight hours labour, Eight hours recreation and Eight hours rest. Later the struggle of Eight hours movement or 40 hour week movement was put to an end which marks the beginning of Eight Hour Day. Several states like New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia started implementing the new eight hour day one after the other.

How do People Celebrate this Day?

As this day is declared as a public holiday by the Australian government, many Australians use this Eight Hour Day as a part of long weekend to spend time with family or friends, relax, watch or play a sport, go to picnics, camping or plan to a getaway trip to coastal regions.

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where it is Observed
Monday Mar 11 2013 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 10 2014 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 9 2015 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 14 2016 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 13 2017 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 12 2018 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 11 2019 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 9 2020 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 8 2021 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 14 2022 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 13 2023 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 11 2024 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 10 2025 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 9 2026 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 8 2027 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 13 2028 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 12 2029 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 11 2030 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 10 2031 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 8 2032 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 14 2033 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 13 2034 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 12 2035 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 10 2036 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 9 2037 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 8 2038 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 14 2039 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 12 2040 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 11 2041 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 10 2042 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 9 2043 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 14 2044 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 13 2045 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 12 2046 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 11 2047 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 9 2048 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 8 2049 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania
Monday Mar 14 2050 Eight Hours Day Common Local Holidayss Tasmania

Eight Hours Day Facts

    Monday, Mar 11, 2013  (Tasmania)
    Monday, Mar 10, 2014  (Tasmania)
    Monday, Mar 9, 2015  (Tasmania)
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