As the UK approaches the fiftieth anniversary of the commencement of its prolonged metric changeover, we draw attention to an article about a country that succeeded in making the transition in little more than a decade.
An account of the metric transition in Australia from 1971 onwards was produced by the Australian Government Publishing Service in 1992 on behalf of the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce. The book, entitled “Metrication in Australia” and written the Kevin Wilks, who was Senior Adviser to the Australian Metric Conversion Board, has for many years been out of print, and copies have become very hard to come by.
Now, thanks to the efforts of Peter Goodyear, an e-copy has been published. A US blogger, Metric Maven, recently posted an article providing a link to a free download of the book. That article was written with US readers in mind, but Metric Views believes that it contains much of interest to UK readers as well, and we have not attempted to edit it. The link to the article is here: LINK
If you are wondering where the UK went wrong, then Mr Wilks’ book may provide some answers. Unfortunately, it provides little guidance on ways to escape from our current measurement muddle.