Musical Monday: Wake up my mind…

Badge. No conscripts to VietnamGrowing up in South Australia with all the horror of my brothers, their friends and mine threatened with the dreaded “lottery”… which could see them conscripted, at the age of 19, to go fight in Vietnam gave me a perspective which you can read about here.

Young people, at that time, gave voice to their opposition of government decisions which severely impacted on their  lives through music and song.  My children grew up to the sounds of “Songs of the Protest Era”and right now I can’t get one particular song out of my mind, given the way our Australian political situation is playing out right now.

Here it is…  Songs of the Protest Era

Here is the entire collection:

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Copyright © 2014. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

TROVE TUESDAY: 8 Hour Day

We South Australians have just enjoyed a “Long Weekend” to celebrate “Labour Day” and many marched in the streets in remembrance. Mum always determinedly referred to it at “8 hours day” and reminded her children how hard the Unions toiled, with the workers, for better working conditions.

“eight hours of work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours for sleep” 

labour-day 2013. Brisbane

In the early 19th century, most labourers worked 10- or 12-hour days for six days each week. The 1850s brought a strong push for better conditions.  The fight was for an eight-hour day, effectively a 48-hour week to replace the 60-hour week and Australian workers stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House.

1856 Union Banner.  Source: Wikipedia

1856 Union Banner. Source: Wikipedia

The government finally agreed to an eight-hour day for workers employed on public works, with no loss of pay. This win was a world first but did not end all labour problems. Many working conditions were harsh and demanding, and women were paid a lot less than men. However, the victory for the eight-hour day was a significant breakthrough, by the Unions to improve working conditions in Australia.

As our three day weekend came to a close mum’s words came flooding back so I checked Trove to see what I could find on our National Library of Australia site and to my delight was advised of a photo held here in our State Library of South Australia.

It shows Holden’s float for the 8 Hour Day procession in 1925 with a group of men standing alongside. The lorry was an A.E.C. registration number 24-347 and was new in 1925. This is the year my mum was born and her dad, Frederick Alexander ALLAN, would have been marching in that parade with others in the Waterside Workers Federation.  

Holden's Float in South Australia's 8 hour day Parade - 1925 - Source: SLSA  B56561

Holden’s Float in South Australia’s 8 hour day Parade – 1925 – Source: SLSA B56561

THANKYOU TROVE!!!

TROVE

Many thanks also to Amy Houston, of Branches, Leaves & Pollen, for initiating the TROVE TUESDAY Theme.

Please click HERE  to visit Amy’s Blog and HERE  to read the contributions of others.

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RESOURCES & FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/56750/B56561.htm
http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/16418226
http://publicholidays.com.au/labour-day/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Australia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_labour_movement
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eight_hour_day
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/thousands-turn-out-for-labour-day-march-in-brisbane/story-e6freoof-1226348812538

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Copyright © 2013. Catherine Ann Crout-Habel

THE MAN IN THE ARENA!

Truth Seekers Musings

The man in the arena!

As arguably the most contentious, vitriolic, nasty, parliamentary term in our political history comes to a close, and the election for the next parliament draws near, I thought it was worth reflecting on a Prime Ministership that Could and should have been seen as a coming of age for Australia.

It could also have been somewhat of a cultural watershed,  as a leader of fine intellect, courage, determination, skill, substance and vision, stepped up to negotiate the political minefield of forming minority government, with the help and confidence of two of the most truly decent (albeit right leaning) independent politicians that this country has seen.

A formidable task for any Labor man, but this was not a Labor man, but rather a Labor woman, Julia Gillard, who went on to become our first female PM.

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Now we all know the history of her rise to…

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