03 377 4421

Thank you, Samuel Parnell, who 182 years ago, who when asked to build a store, said he would do this on one condition, that he would be only required to work eight-hour days. He believed in the slogan created by social reformer Robert Owen, calling for Eight hours’ labour, eight hours’ recreation, eight hours’ rest.

Unfortunately, it took a little longer to have this as standard as the government was reluctant to upset the business owners.

The first Labour Day was celebrated on 28 October 1890 and in 1899 a public holiday was created for the second Wednesday in October. This was later “Mondayised” and has been celebrated on the fourth Monday in October ever since.