1917: The Great Strike @ CarriageWorks


Sydney, Australia: Carriageworks and the City of Sydney co-present a free public exhibition, 1917: The Great Strike, to commemorate the centenary of one of Australia’s largest industrial conflicts.

Taking place at Carriageworks from 15 July – 27 August 2017, the exhibition brings together historical objects such as union banners, badges and certificates, archival photographs, film and oral testimonies, alongside commissioned artworks by contemporary artists Raquel Ormella, Tom Nicholson and Andrew Byrne, Will French, Franck Gohier and Sarah Contos. On Saturday 5 August, The Great Strike Community Day commemorates the centenary of this important historical moment and explores its contemporary resonances through artist talks, panel discussions, performances and workshops at Carriageworks.

Co-curated by City of Sydney Historian Laila Ellmoos and Carriageworks Curator Nina Miall, the exhibition examines the Great Strike which originated at the Eveleigh Railway Workshops (now Carriageworks) and the Randwick Tram Sheds on 2 August 1917, against the backdrop of World War I. Around 5,790 employees downed tools in protest against the card system, a new way of monitoring worker efficiency. During the six-week strike, an estimated 77,350 NSW workers across a range of industries walked off the job. Many railway and tramway employees never got their jobs back, or were demoted in their role.


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