Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time

George Vernon Hudson (20 April 1867 – 5 April 1946) was a British-born New Zealand entomologist and astronomer. His evening insect collecting is believed to be the motive for his originally proposing the introduction of daylight saving time in a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society. An extract from the follow-up paper is detailed below

Much seems to have changed in the last 118 years!

Art. LVIII.— On Seasonal Time (Extract).
By G. V. Hudson.
[Read before the Wellington Philosophical Society, 8th October, 1898]

‘I am convinced that all those who believe an abundance of outdoor recreation is the most effective means of securing human health and happiness should support this scheme, as by means of it the average worker in summer would enjoy from four to five hours’ fresh air and sunshine after his day’s work was done. By it all outdoor sports and pastimes would receive a great impetus—the man of business, for instance, who leaves his work at 5 o’clock would in midsummer have five hours of continuous daylight available, during which he would be at liberty to follow any of the numerous outdoor pursuits, which are so essential to the health and happiness of those whose bread-winning occupation obliges them to remain indoors during the major part of the day’.

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