Thursday, May 14

Wednesday, 14 May 1919 - Zero Hour is Near

The headline in the Free Press:


The Mayor and Premier express concern at the vote and meet today at 2 pm with representatives from labour and business to seek a compromise.

That meeting is unsuccessful and by the end of day Robinson was contacting senior representatives, such as the city electrician, to inform them that the strike was on:


Mayor Gray sends a lengthy telegram to the acting premier Sir Thomas White and Federal Labour Minister Gideon Robertson summing up the situation and requesting assistance: