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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.

  • 05 Oct 1967 Guy Pearce
    Australian actor (Time Machine, The Kings Speech)
  • 07 Oct 1935 Thomas Keneally
    Australian writer, best known for movie Schindler's List
  • 08 Oct 1939 Paul Hogan
    Australian actor (Crocodile Dundee film series)
  • 12 Oct 1968 Hugh Jackman
    Australian actor (X-Men series, Australia, Happy Feet)
  • 15 Oct 1940 Peter Charles Doherty
    Australian researcher, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1996
  • 25 Oct 1941 Helen Reddy
    Australian singer (I Am Woman, Delta Dawn, Angie Baby)
  • See all the October Birthdays


 Daylight Saving Cards

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.


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Daylight Savings

Click here for Daylight Saving 2015

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?

  • Commercial Refrigeration
    Built in 1850 by Geelong, Victorian resident, James Harrison. He was awarded a gold medal at Melbourne Exhibition proving frozen meat was edible months later.
  • Electric Drill
    In 1889 Melbourne, Victoria Arthur James Arnot patented the first electric drill. It was designed to drill rock and coal. Same technology in modern drills.
  • The Notepad
    Invented in 1902 by Tasmanian J.A. Birchall. Before the notepad all paper was sold as single sheets.



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?
Find a yank and ask him to pronounce Addidas, aluminium, Nike, memo, Brisbane, Melbourne. Nothing to do with Daylight Saving. Just something to lighten the mood. Remember laughter is the best medicine.

Daylight Saving Historical Dates
Jodi wrote us to find out if there was daylight savings in Melbourne in 1964.

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).

  • Automatic Vinyl Record Changer
    In 1925 Tasmanian Eric Waterworth designed the first record changer that permitted six records to be played automatically in sequence.
  • Pedal Wireless
    Invented in 1927 by Alfred Traeger, the pedal-operated generator was connected to a wireless opening up communication to people living in remote areas of Australia.
  • Utility Vehicle - the Ute
    Lewis Brandt at the Ford Motor Company in Geelong, Victoria designed the first Ute in 1934. The utility vehicle looks like a car in the front but has a rear like a truck.
  • Black Box Flight Recorder
    Used in airplanes worldwide, the Black Box voice and instrument data recorder provides essential information after a plane crashes. It was invented in 1958 by David Warren in Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Inflatable Aircraft Escape Slide
    The slide allows passengers to quickly and safely leave an aircraft after landing in an emergency. It can also be used as a raft for water landings. It was invented by Jack Grant of Qantas in 1965.
  • Bionic Ear
    In 1979 the cochlear implant was invented by Professor Graeme Clark of The University of Melbourne. It is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing
  • Frozen Embryo Baby
    The world's first baby from a frozen embryo was born in 1984 at the Queen Victoria Medical Centre in Melbourne.

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.

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