Looking at Labour Day – Monday 28 October 2013

Labour Day is a New Zealand public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day. It is observed on the fourth Monday in October. The eight-hour working day and the 48-hour working week became law in New Zealand in 1899. Later, the working week was further reduced to 40 hours. All our libraries are closed today.

Many girls in mass-production factories work on moving belts between 1940 and 1945.

Photo of Striking slaughtermen outside the Supreme Court, Christchurch [1907]
Striking slaughtermen outside the Supreme Court, Christchurch 1907
Working on the Isaac Theatre RoyalTechnicians at work in the service department of the television section at Philips Electrical Industries Ltd.Wongi's art work - Smile for ChristchurchPhoto of Labourers outside the fellmongery, Belfast Freezing Works, Christchurch Photo of A small goods factory in Cashel Street, Christchurch : employees of the Christchurch Meat Co. Ltd. dicing meat and making sausages. [1905]

For more images of people at work, see our page Christchurch at work.

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