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Tamworth celebrates the 8-hour day and war efforts

Rain poured and cold winds blustered, but that didn’t dampen Tamworth’s annual 8 hour day festivities and patriotic parade on 23 October 1916.

Year:1916

Location:Tamworth, NSW, Australia

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Tamworth celebrates the 8-hour day and war efforts

Rain poured and cold winds blustered, but that didn’t dampen Tamworth’s annual 8 hour day festivities and patriotic parade on 23 October 1916.


Year: 1916

Length: 03:37

Production Company: Australasian Films Ltd, Sydney

Credits: Made for Ison's Pictures

Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

Catalogue Reference: 33966 Eight Hour day at Tamworth 1916


People: Sir Gerald Strickland

Location: Tamworth, NSW, Australia

Tags: Cinema, Australia, regional cinema, topical films, 8 Hour Day, Parades


The annual Labour Day Parade to mark the granting of the eight-hour working day, was held on 23 October 1916 in the rural NSW town of Tamworth.

The street parade included elaborate banners and war-related displays such as a mounted soldier in a slouch hat, and a fruiterer’s pony cart paying tribute to ‘Little Belgium’. A motor vehicle towed a large model boat labelled Emden, named after the German light cruiser that was sunk by HMAS Sydney on November 9, 1914. The Sydney had sunk the notorious German vessel as it attacked a British wireless station on the Cocos Islands.

Local cinema managers, siblings Henry Ison and Rose Thompson, hired a cameraman from Australasian Films, the country’s largest film producer, to film the parade.

The presence of the NSW Governor, Sir George Strickland, was one reason for filming events, but the celebrations were especially significant in 1916 because the NSW State government had passed the Eight Hours Act in April.

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Tamworth celebrates the 8-hour day and war efforts

  • Tamworth, NSW, Australia

  • 00:00

    Intertitle: Eight-Hour Day at Tamworth. Monday Oct. 23rd, 1916. Specially taken for Ison’s PicturesIntertitle: Eight-Hour Day at Tamworth. Monday Oct. 23rd, 1916. Specially taken for Ison’s Pictures

  • 00:05

    Rainy street parade

  • 02:56

    Some of the floats from the parade

  • 03:29

    Intertitle: His Excellency the State Governor, Sir Gerald Strickland, makes a speech in Tamworth Oval on 8-hour Day

  • 03:37

    Strickland delivers speech