While in Australia we use the spelling labour, one of our two main political parties is called The Australian Labor Party. Why?
It goes back a long time to a politician called King O'Malley. While he claimed to be born in Canada, and thereby a British citizen, it is now known that he was actually born in the US and not entitled to be an Australian politician. Wow, a politician telling a lie. How extraordinary.
There is a plaque in front of house here in the inner suburb of South Melbourne where O'Malley lived for forty three years. Among his many achievements was the transcontinental railway across Australia and the selection of the site and the naming of Australia's capital city, Canberra.
Another thing O'Malley was keen on was spelling reform and convinced the party to adopt what was thought to be the more modern spelling, Labor and not Labour. A century or so later, the party has stuck with the spelling, even though the spelling is at times vehemently criticised.
Photo from City of Port Phillip. NB It is very arguable whether or not he was the founder of the Commonwealth Bank but he was certainly a supporter and activist for its establishment.
When R worked for the City of Port Phillip, he had occasion to visit the former home of King O'Malley. Not sure how well this Google Street View embed will work, but I will give it a shot. There is a short oral history on You Tube by the City of Port Phillip presented by the present occupant of the house who has lived there for around thirty years. It's the double fronted house with cream picket fence.