On 21 April 1856, following negotiations between building tradesmen and contractors, and with the approval of the colonial government, an eight hour day was introduced into the building trades in Melbourne. The movement was led by the stonemasons who argued that eight hours a day was appropriate in the Australian heat. It would also give them time to improve their 'social and moral condition'.
However, only a minority of workers initially won the Eight Hour Day. Most workers, including women and children, generally worked longer hours for less pay. It was common to work twelve to sixteen hours a day." 8 hour day.org
I couldn't imagine having to work a 12 - 16 hour day (especially working with the public!)... it would send me insane!!!!!
I sometimes feel like I need this stress reduction kit after an 8 hour day (or shorter)!!!
and I'll finish this post with "Ode to the Eight Hours' Pioneers" by Hamilton Mackinnon, April 21, 1896....