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Australians Born In October
October Australian birthdays include the man who led the largest Australian protest against the Viet Nam War and the man who played a fundamental role in developing the atomic bomb. You'll also find ARIA and Logie winners, and athletes. For those no longer with us, it's a way to remember them too.
It's that time again ... Daylight Savings. I made a few cards so you can remind family and friends.
Do it Aussie style with a Bearded Dragon card or our Cassowary, Kangaroo, Tasmanian Devil, and Koala cards.
Share a smile and say hello with our free Greeting Cards today.
We Get Mail
I've written before about the difference between Daylight Saving and Daylight Savings. I use both on this website. But to be fair, I decided to check what the big websites are using in 2015 to see if I should drop the "s" or not.
Once again I easily found new articles about daylight savings using the "s". Here are a few:
Aussies Did It First
Just for fun ... how many of these Australian firsts did you know about?
Doing a search gave over 3 million more Google results with Daylight Savings than without the "s". Our own site statistics show us that as well and is why we continue to use both versions.
So whether you call it Daylight Saving, Daylight Savings, Daylight Saving Time, Daylight Savings Time, Daylight-Saving, or DST they all mean the same thing and are used interchangeably around the world.
Language is a living thing, always changing. So if you don't like the 's' in daylight savings, then don't use it. I, on the other hand, will throw caution to the wind and use it both ways on this website. How daring of me! (Joke Joyce)
Frustrated with it all?
Daylight Saving Historical Dates
Interesting question. So I did a bit of research and created a page with Historical Australian Daylight Saving dates starting back in 1917.
The answer to Jodi's question is no. After WWII, Victoria didn't start again until 1971. Tasmania in 1967 holds the honour of being the first to risk upsetting the cows (but that's another story).
This is just a very small sample of Australian inventions. Since our earliest days as a young country, Australians have been among the top inventors in agriculture, mining, maritime and aeronautical problems in need of solutions.
From the mechanical sheep shears to scramjets to polymer banknotes to gene silencing and the Jindalee Radar System, you'll find Australian researchers solving problems across a variety of fields. These are the people that make all our lives better.