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First Strike
First Strike

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A monument commemorates the first strike in Queensland which took place in 1861 at the Redbank Mine owned by Campbell and Towns.

A deputation of miners confronted Robert Campbell with a demand for a pay rise of one shilling per ton. Campbell rejected the claim and the miners went on strike. The miners were later arrested and tried for illegally conspiring to injure Campbell's interests. The jury found them not guilty.

Location

Address:Namatjira & Collingwood Drives, Goupong Park , Collingwood Park, 4305
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.605996
Long: 152.870288
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Dissent
Actual Event STart Date:08-June-1861
Actual Event End Date:08-June-1861

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 8th August, 1981
Front Inscription
FIRST STRIKE In The COLONY OF QUEENSLAND
On Saturday 8th June 1861, Eight Coal Miners
THOMAS JONES, GEORGE SMITH, EDWARD DAVIS,
HUGH CARTER, JOHN COLEMAN, WILLIAM GRIFFITH,
ABEL ALFORD AND THOMAS STAFFORD -
Employed At Campbell And Towns Redbank Mine Near The
Brisbane River Struck For An Extra Shilling A Ton.
They Were Found Not Guilty Of Criminal Conspiracy
AT THE IPSWICH ASSIZES ON 6th AUGUST 1861.
This Memorial To Those 8 Courageous Workmen Was
Unveiled On 8th August 1981 By
BILL HAYDEN M.P For Oxley
In The Presence Of -
Alderman D.A. FREEMAN Mayor Of Ipswich,
BOB GIBBS M.L.A. For Wolston,
Alderman PAUL TULLY Redbank,
This Plaque Was Kindly Presented By The
Queensland Colliery Employees Union.
Source: NRUM, MA
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