Tuesday, 27 December 2011

27th December 1811: Address of the Framework Knitters of Melbourne

Melbourne, December 23, 1811

THE Framework-Knitters of this peaceable and hitherto undisturbed Town were very much rejoiced to hear that the Gentlemen Hosiers were taking into their consideration to redress the Grievances the Workmen labour under; and to establish a respectable, regular, and permanent Price, for the making of the different Articles belonging to that extensive and respectable Branch of ENGLISH COMMERCE: In consequence of which, the Framework-Knitters of this Town it indispensably necessary to hold a Meeting, for the purpose of stating the Prices they wish to have for the different Sorts of Work that are making at this Place. And it is hoped that the Gentlemen Hosiers will not think the Statement unreasonable, as we do not wish for any addition to the Price that was settled by One Hundred and Thirty-nine honorable Hosiers, on the 7th of May, 1805, and published in the Nottingham Review, on the 6th of December, 1811. And as there are different Sorts of Work making in this Neighbourhood at the present Time not known at the above Date of 1805, it has been thought necessary to state a Price to those Sorts of Work, and it is hoped that the Gentlemen Hosiers will readily agree to the Statement, when it is considered that it is Sixpence per Yard lower than it was Two Years ago, in the Derby Ribbed Double-looped Piece Work.

THE STATEMENT IS AS FOLLOWS:
DERBY RIBBED DOUBLE-LOOPED CORD.
24 Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1s. 9d.
26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s. 0d.
28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s. 0d.
GERMAN RIBS.
21 Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1s. 9d.
24 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s. 0d.
BERLIN PIECES.
                White Worsted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s. 0d. per Yard. 
Light Drab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s. 2d.
Dark Drab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2s. 3d.
Dark Blue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2s. 4d.

The Journeyman’s Price for making the Berlin Pieces, at this place, is 1s. 6d. per Yard, as the Yard in taken in and measured at the Warehouse; and the whole of the extra Price we have, from the Warehouse, for Colours.

This address was published in the Nottingham Review of 27th December 1811.

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