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The Workday Revolution

Come and see how young Tommy’s life improved with the introduction of the eight-hour workday in Victoria. Find out how his dad and his workmates agitated for a fair go. Did his mum get a fair go too?

Unit one

Tommy's dread

Part one of the Tommy’s Workday Revolution video

Hear what the student actors think about working conditions in nineteenth century Melbourne, the rights of children and what a fair go means.

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Unit two

Stonemasons unite

Part two of the Tommy's Workday Revolution video.

Watch the student actors give their views on the stonemasons, what freedom of speech means and why freedom is important.

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Unit three

Tommy's joy

Part three of the Tommy's Workday Revolution video.

What do the student actors think about how life improved after the introduction of the eight-hour day, what democracy means to them, and the one thing in the world that they could change if they could.

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This Springboard learning module draws on original research produced by the Victorian Parliamentary Library

Credits:

Background images courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.

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