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Female Confectioners’ Union Victorian Branch

Female Confectioners’ Union Victorian Branch

Female Confectioners’ Union Victorian Branch: Eight Hours Day Float (Eight Hours Day Procession Melbourne), c.1925 The eight-hour day was achieved by stonemasons working on the University of Melbourne quadrangle in April 1856. As other unions gained an eight-hour working day, this was celebrated by the labour movement each May with processions and at the later

Shipping on the Yarra River

Victoria Dock, Melbourne 1913 During the early years of European settlement in Melbourne (1830s – 1840s) a sand bar at the mouth of the Yarra River prevented the passage of vessels up stream to the small settlement of Melbourne. Large vessels were forced to anchor off Sandridge (Port Melbourne) or Williamstown with passengers and luggage

Federal Coffee Palace

By Kate Prinsley executive officer, with assistance from Volkan Ozcoban and Lukas Matovinovic  students from Kew High School. Located on the corner of King and Collins Streets and completed in 1888, the Federal Coffee Palace was at the time the largest hotel in Australia. Built as a temperance hotel, a hotel which refused to sell

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