2 Aug 1917 - General Strike began

#OnThisDay 2 August 1917 the General Strike began. It started in the Randwick Rail Workshops and Eveleigh Carriage Workshops over the introduction of a card system to record what each employee was doing and how fast the job was completed. Workers were not allowed to view or modify the cards. The strike quickly spread from the railways to other industries such as coal miners, wharfies, factories and warehouses until about 100,000 workers were on strike.

The strike spread to other states and lasted until 8 September 1917.


Railway employees records guide (includes a sample of Personal Railway cards for rail workers on strike and for 'Loyalists')
Personal Railway cards for Ernest Sargent

From the Collection

Photograph albums of of rail workers in the General Strike (NRS 15309)

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