Sherratt,Tim: Federation and meteorology

Sherratt, Tim

Federation and Meteorology, University of Melbourne. Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre & Bureau of Meteorology (2001)

Describes the weather around 1 January 1901, many aspects of meteorology around the time of Federation and in the decades since and a comparison with the weather on 1 January 2001 (which, despite the fuss made exactly 12 months before, was the first day of the new century – just as the first day of the federated Australia had been – and the first day of the new millenium). Regarding 1901, there is an evocative description of the Sydney weather on the big day, threatening at first but coming good later with blazing sunshine, causing 16 soldiers to collapse in the heat.

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