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View of the Trades and Labour Demonstration progressing down George Street, Sydney, 28 January 1888.

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Stereoscopic albumen print photograph, each individual image 75 x 80 mm, on cream card mount 89 x 176 mm; recto of mount imprinted ‘Photographed by Mitchell & Co., 236 George Street, Sydney’; verso with handwritten caption in red ink ‘Centennial Procession, George St., Sydney’; both prints are in very good condition; the mount has foxing on both sides.

On the morning of Saturday, 28 January 1888, as part of the fifth day of celebrations staged in Sydney to mark the centenary of the arrival of the First Fleet, the largest procession (or ‘demonstration’) of trade union and amalgamated labour organisations ever assembled in Australasia marched through the streets of Sydney. Starting from near the Museum in College Street, the procession made its way north along Macquarie Street, down Bridge Street, south along George Street to Goulburn Street, and then on past Central Station to Prince Alfred Park, where participating workers and their families gathered to spend the afternoon and evening.

A very detailed report on the day’s activities ws published in The Sydney Morning Herald, on 30 January 1888.

This Mitchell & Co. stereoview shows a section of the procession as it moved south along George Street, which includes many dozens of hansom cabs under a huge banner, and a naval band in the foreground.