8th February – Time Speeds up for Broome Residents
According to ABC correspondent Robert Mailer who solved the mystery of clocks all over Broome gaining time, the answer was traced back to the power station.
Australian household electricity is supplied as an alternating current where the polarity of the electricity switches from positive to negative 50 times every second. Many mains connected clocks like those on microwaves and clock radios use this frequency to keep track of time. Every time the power alternates 50 times, the clock thinks one second has passed.