Vintage Queensland: Labour Day

Labour Day in Australia falls on different dates in different regions. In 2017 the 2nd of October is Labour Day for the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia.

These images show celebrations of the day in the state of Queensland.

The Fish Board: Eat More Fish – 1940.

StateLibQld 2 107924 Red Emperor float in the Labour Day procession, Brisbane, 1940. The Fish board - Eat More Fish. Vintage.

State Butcheries: the People’s Business – 1920.

Butchers posing in front of their Labour Day float, Brisbane, 1920 Thomas William Anderson, formerly of Toowoomba, is pictured at the far right.

Brisbane in 1928

StateLibQld_1_104856_Men_posing_next_to_a_Labour_Day_float,_Brisbane,_1938 Men posing next to a Labour Day float, Brisbane, 1938 Queensland Australia Vintage

Preparing a float in Brisbane in 1940.

On this day: the Mayon Volcano eruption

The Mayon Volcano in the Philippines has erupted numerous times, but the worst event took place on the 1st of February, 1814.

An old photograph of the Cagsawa ruins with the façade still standing. The church was largely destroyed during the 1814 eruption of Mayon.

Many decades later (though the actual date is unknown) the 18th-century Franciscan Cagsawa church was still standing (though badly damaged). The ruins have since disintegrated significantly.

The disaster killed between 1200 and 2200 people, with different records stating wildly different numbers.

Mount Mayon in eruption on July 21, 1928.

Since then, the volcano has erupted a number of times, including in July 1928, photographed above.