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Early Closing Association protest advertisement, 1879

Early Closing Association protest advertisement, 1879

This 1879 advertisement by the Drapers' and Clothiers' Early Closing Association calls on workers to shop before 6 p.m. on Saturdays. As Saturday was pay day for most workers, Saturday night was a big shopping night, with many shops staying open until after 11 p.m. Shop workers and their supporters formed Early Closing Associations, with the aim of reducing the long hours shop assistants had to work on Saturdays.

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Reference: Evening Post, 12 December 1879, p. 3

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Peter Clayworth, 'Weekends - Saturday – pay day, work day, half-holiday', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/39783/early-closing-association-protest-advertisement-1879 (accessed 28 September 2021)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013