By Rachel Ingram, Learning and Programmes Manager, Museums Wellington
Strikers and Special Constables surprised and amazed the lunchtime crowds in Wellington as the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Labour History Project and Alexander Turnbull Library commemorated the centenary of the 1913 Great Strike with a parade that travelled form the Museum to Parliament.
The Parade was the most visible in a series of public programmes designed to bring the strike to the attention of the public in both an informative and entertaining fashion. The three organisations programmed a series of walks, talks and events – as well as an exhibition – in a collaboration that extended to involve local and international historians, history enthusiasts, unions, and the Brass Razoo Solidarity Band.
Staged on November 5, a significant date in the 2 month long struggle.