C1891

The Shearing Dispute in Queensland.

Superb engraving by John Charlton, of the 1891 shearers’ strike. This was one of Australia’s earliest and most important industrial disputes. The dispute was primarily between unionised and non-unionised wool workers. It resulted in the formation of large camps of … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The Shearing Dispute in Queensland.

Date:

C1891

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured engraving.

Image Size: 

303mm 
x 225mm
AUTHENTICITY
The Shearing Dispute in Queensland. - Antique Print from 1891

Genuine antique
dated:

1891

Description:

Superb engraving by John Charlton, of the 1891 shearers’ strike.

This was one of Australia’s earliest and most important industrial disputes. The dispute was primarily between unionised and non-unionised wool workers. It resulted in the formation of large camps of striking workers, and minor instances of sabotage and violence on both sides. The strike was poorly timed, and when the union workers ran out of food, they were forced to come to terms. The outcome is credited as being one of the factors for the formation of the Australian Labor Party and the rise to power of a pro-Labor Party faction in the Australian Socialist League.

From the original edition of The Graphic.

John Charlton (1849 - 1917)

Charlton was an English painter and illustrator of equestrian and military scenes. Charlton received his first lessons in drawing from his father when he was only three or four years old, and within a few years was drawing horses with some skill. Due to his family’s financial misfortunes, he had to attend Dr. Sharp’s charity school held in Bamburgh’s great castle, and a few years later, was forced to quit and find employment. With the many British and colonial forces military engagements over possessions in northern and southern Africa, Charlton was much sought after with many of the illustrations appearing in The Graphic. After the death of his two sons in World War I, Charlton died after a brief illness brought on by the profound loss he felt with the loss of both his sons.

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