AUSTRALIAN MEDIA (excerpts)
Thirty days hath September, April, June and November" will no longer be a rhyme used by schoolchildren if Rosemeadow's Aristeo Fernando has his way. He wants to change the type of calendar used throughout the world to a more streamlined model.
Mr Fernando developed his perpetual calendar because he felt weekdays and dates should be constant each year.
"Aristeo has time on his mind," Macarthur Chronicle, December 2, 1994
The workings of our calendar are not something many people would stop to think about, but Rosemeadow man Aristeo Fernando has devoted much of his time to improving it. He is offering free one-hour seminars to explain the benefits of the perpetual calendar that he hopes will be implemented in Australia by January 2001. The calendar is based on keeping weekdays and dates constant each year, starting January 1, which would always be a Monday. Mr Fernando said this would make activities and special occasions easier to schedule and remember.
"Dates would never have to change," Macarthur Advertiser, January 25, 1995
Aristeo Fernando is a man with a vision. The Rosemeadow resident has a mountain of ideas which he believes would help achieve world peace. ... The first step towards this is the implementation of a new perpetual calendar which he developed while driving down the Appin Rd towards his work in Wollongong.
The calendar has 31 days in January, April, July and October and 30 days in all other months except December, which has an additional World Peace Day. During leap years, June 31 would be named Leap Year Day.
Mr Fernando said there were a number of reasons the present Gregorian calendar needed to be changed. "The day of the week of a date shifts from year to year, so days like Melbourne Cup Day or Christmas wander through a week," he said. "A calendar is needed every year to look up dates and the number of days per month varies from 28 to 31. In addition, in my calendar there is no Friday the 13th.
Mr Fernando said his calendar could be memorised and would be valid every year because it had a uniform day-date relationship year after year. "It is almost the same as the Gregorian calendar, with slight modification so the changeover will not be drastic," he said. "Only three days in the present calendar are deleted - March 31 May 31 and August 31.
He is aiming for the calendar to be proclaimed as part of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games celebrations and for it to be adopted worldwide on January 1, 2001. "January 1, 2001 is a very significant date to implement its adoption because it is the start of the 21st century and the third millennium," he said. "It is also the centennial celebration of the federation of Australia. I originally chose that date because it is a Monday in the present calendar, so that changeover will be smooth to avoid confusion."
"Time is right for a change," The Chronicle, April 26, 1994
A perpetual calendar designed by Rosemeadow resident Aristeo Fernando has been introduced in Federal Parliament. Federal Member for Macarthur Chris Haviland told his colleagues he was happy to bring Mr Fernando's proposal to the attention of the House so it could be considered and debated.
"Parliament hears calendar proposal," The Chronicle, Tuesday, September 13, 1994
The idea is so simple, so sensible that it will probably never get off the ground. Still ... Aristeo C. Fernando of Cordelia St, Rosemeadow, NSW 2560, has taken the trouble to write - and the least I can do is run his flag up the pole. Essentially, Aristeo would like Australia to adopt a perpetual calendar he has designed to keep weekdays and dates constant each year. An occasional eight-day week surfaces, but in essence Aristeo's calendar follows the Gregorian system of 12 months divided into four quarters.
I don't think Aristeo will find much support among publishers of annual diaries and calendars (though Greens would applaud the saving of trees). Others may worry about the chaos which would ensue internationally if Australia adopted a calendar which matched no other.
If Aristeo wants to change the world for the better, I wish him luck.
Boxed item in Courier-Mail of Brisbane, Queensland, September 30, 1993
An ambitious Fairfield man has invented a new calendar which he hopes will be used throughout the world by the year 2001. Aristeo Fernando, 45, developed the perpetual calendar because he felt weekdays and dates should be constant each year.
Mr Fernando plans to send his proposal to Prime Minister Paul Keating later this year.
"Time on his hands," by Diana Gattellari, Fairfield Advance, November 3, 1992
While most of us were out buying our 1993 calendars and diaries, Aristeo Fernando from Project Planning was updating a new environmentally friendly calendar which he hopes will eventually save us the trouble. His perpetual calendar is based on keeping weekdays and dates constant each year, starting with January 1 which would always be a Monday. This will make activities and special occasions easier to schedule and remember.
"Basically, the proposed calendar is similar to the presently used Gregorian calendar," Aristeo said. "There are 12 months in the year, the year is divided into four quarters, and each quarter is based on months of 31-30-30 days."
The major difference would be that in order to keep 365 days in a common year and 366 in a leap year, extra dates are added which are not assigned weekdays. In a common year this occurs on 31 December and an eight-day week becomes a reality. To preserve balance, in a leap year the same occurs on 31 June. A keep advocate of world peace, Aristeo would like to see 31 December designated as World Peace Day, while to avoid confusion 31 June would be known as Leap Year Day.
Aristeo sees the primary advantages of his calendar as environmental. No longer will unsold diaries have to be discarded at the end of each year and calendars would not have to be printed every year. "This will mean saving many trees that would have to be cut down to produce paper to print the calendars, paper which at present cannot be recycled," Aristeo explained. "One calendar could be used year after year or forever."
"Aristeo proposes a perpetual calendar," Kembla News, January/February 1993
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