Dorchester, England DT2 7EH

On February 24th, 1834, six farm labourers from the Dorset village of Tolpuddle were arrested on a charge of taking part in an 'illegal oath' ceremony. In the eyes of their masters, however, the real offence was that they had dared to form a trade union to defend their livelihood. For this they were sentenced to seven years' transportation to the penal colonies of Australia. The sentences provoked an immense outcry, leading to the first great mass trade union protest.

The campaign won free pardons and the Martyrs' return to England. A historic episode in the struggle for trade unionists' rights in Great Britain.

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Added by tonys on June 27, 2007



Hi tonys, sure you've got the right dates? I'm going Friday -Sunday, 13-15 July



Yep - you're right - got the dates wrong - have just changed them to right ones!

Thanks for spotting my error.


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