the history, an opportunity lost
In 1892, when Australia adopted the proposed ‘global time system’, we had been strongly advised to ensure that ‘major population areas’ were situated within the appropriate time zone. At that time Greenwich (GMT) had been determined as the ‘basis of legal time’ and zone boundaries were measured from there both in an easterly direction over Europe and Asia and in a western direction over the Americas. The meeting point was the International Date Line.
Each 15 degrees longitude in each direction from GMT equalled one hour of ‘legal time’. By 1894 all Australian jurisdictions had legislated that 120 degrees, 135 degrees and 150 degrees east of GMT would determine Western Zone(W), Central Zone (C) and Eastern Zone (E) Standard Time respectively. However, there were two major anomalies. Perth at 115 degrees fitted perfectly into WST – however, Adelaide at 138 degrees was outside CST and both Brisbane and Sydney at 153 degrees and 151 degrees were outside EST.
In 1899 South Australia –as was its right - passed the necessary legislation to advance the 135 degrees boundary by a mere half an hour to 142.5 degrees. One problem solved. However, it appears that the legislators on the eastern seaboard were asleep at the wheel. The similar and appropriate adjustment that would have adjusted EST by ‘a mere half an hour’ was somehow overlooked.
An opportunity was lost! It is not unreasonable to assume that if EST had been advanced to 157.5 degrees in 1899, the current version of daylight saving time might not have seen ‘the light of day’.
The proposal that you are now reading fixes this anomaly FOREVER!
It’s now 2019 - a new opportunity! Let’s be positive - ‘LETSFIXTHETIME’!