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14th February 1966 was the date for the conversion of Australia's currency from Pounds, Shillings and Pence, to Dollars and Cents.

The conversion to Metric for units of measurement was completed for most usages during 1974.

The change to Metric measurement conversion was commenced in 1969, and was completed in 1988. The conversion was done slowly because of the cost to many industries, and the need to "tool up" for it.

For example, cars were built with some metric changes in 1974, such as speedometers in both kilometres and miles.
Odometers in these speedos read in kms, but the speedometers read in both kilometres per hour and miles per hour.

By 1976, all newly-manufactured road-going vehicles were required to have speedometers with all metric readings and markings, and older vehicles were encouraged to have their speedometers changed to metric.
There was a roaring trade in speedometer conversions for a few years.

The fasteners used in manufactured items such as motor cars were changed slowly, with many Australian-built items, using a mixture of metric and imperial fasteners from the late 1970's to the mid-1980's.

The WB model Holdens for example (built 1980-1985), were mostly imperial fasteners from the front door pillars back, but the front section from the firewall forward, used metric fasteners.
This mixture of fasteners leads to problems in re-assembly, if care isn't taken, and the thread type must be checked carefully.
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Why did Australia change to metric?

  The metric system is a system of weights and measures based on 10. It is much easier to calculate anything in 10's rather than 16's, 12's, 8's, etc.   8 pints in a ga

Why does Australia use the metric system?

Australia uses the metric system of measurement because it is more practical to use the system used by almost all the rest of the world. This simplifies trade and commerce c

When did the metric system change in Australia?

First made legal in 1947, Changeover in started in 1970 officially ended 1988, currency nomination changed to dollars and cents in 1966, generations born around 1970 use only

Why did Australia decide to change the metric system?

Australia decided to change to the decimal currency on the 14 Feb 1966. It was easier to count out dollars and cents, than pounds, shillings and pents. The metric system chang