The Work's Manager and Timekeeper's Office is erected.
Prior to the 1880s railway employees formed benefit societies to help deal with accidents and deaths at work.
First trade union action occurs at Redfern Railway Workshops, when the Boilermakers Union claims overtime. In Australia during the 1850s skilled workers in Sydney and Melbourne generally worked a 58 hour week: 10 hours per day Monday to Friday and 8 hours on Saturday.
Railway Commissioner Charles Goodchap promotes first aid training and an ambulance corps is formed three years later.
All-grades Railway and Tramway Union forms to fight against the abolition of breakfast breaks and management's withdrawal of free railway passes.
Eveleigh men mobilise towards the establishment of the eight-hour day.
Australian Railway and Tramway Service Association (ARTSA) is established by two porters who realise unskilled workers, like signalmen and guards, have issues which could be better resolved by a unified approach.
The Labour Electoral League (Labor Party) is established by the Trades and Labour Council.
Union negotiations lead to the workshops being closed on Saturdays.
Order for the Governor-General's carriage is placed at Eveleigh Railway Workshops.