"Sydney Trades Hall was built by and for the trade unions of NSW. These unions had their beginnings at around the time the Tolpuddle Martyrs were transported. The agitation for democratic rights that was part of the release campaign carried on through the Chartist movement. Some of these Chartists came to the colony of NSW (as it then was) and were key organisers of the eight hour day movement. Many of the early trade unions in NSW were branches of British unions. Sydney Trades Hall is a repository for the memorabilia of that movement and the history of radical and labour movements in Australia, just as the Marx Memorial Library is in the UK. Solidarity."