Centenary of the General Strike of 1912 - Commemorative Badge Donated to John Oxley Library

Replica of the original badge worn to work on 18 January 1912 by members of the Australian Tramways Employees Association. State Library of Queensland

This is a replica of the original badge worn to work on 18 January 1912 by members of the Australian Tramways Employees Association.  The assertion of their right to belong to a union led to their dismissal and triggered Queensland’s first General Strike.  This commemorative badge was struck by the Queensland Council of Unions as part of a ‘wear your union badge’ campaign 18-30 January 2012 and to honour union members who took a stand for unionism in Queensland one hundred years ago.  Union-wide celebrations were held in Brisbane in February 2012, including a rally on 2 February to mark Black Friday, a day of violent clashes between police and demonstrators.

Joan Bruce - Queensland Literature Coordinator, State Library of Queensland

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