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In the spirit of the Christmas season I couldn’t help but share with you the following article from The Sydney Monitor. Published in December 1836 it would appear that the author was having a rather tough time accepting the Australian heat at Christmas. Longing for the colder weather of England, he came up with a novel idea: change the date from 25 December (in summer) to the 25 June (in winter). They begged the question…

Are we to be for ever troubled with the heat on the anniversary of an event which transpired in winter?

The ridiculousness of such a question (as well as the article itself) had me laughing while reading it and I can only hope that it was written in mirth. For surely they couldn’t have been serious.

Christmas Day

Source: The Sydney Monitor; 26 December 1836; Page 2 (

3 thoughts on “Trove Tuesday – A Date Change

  1. cassmob says:

    I wonder if that new colonist lasted the distance in Oz?

    1. Jess says:

      Going by the article I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t. Hehe 🙂

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