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Anglicans celebrate wins from 1856 protest 

16 March 2022

CHURCHGOERS have gathered to mark the significance of labour day, 16 decades after it was first instituted. 

The Reverend Canon Stephen Ames organised a service at the Eight-Hour monument, in memory of the institution of the regulated eight-hour day in Victoria for stonemasons. 

Read more: Service to celebrate wins from stonemasons’ march on Parliament House

They were some of the first workers in the world to enjoy the eight-hour day, after marching on Parliament House in February 1856. 

Mr Ames said the movement had continuing significance of the need to keep a balanced life in mind. 

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