In the book The Lucky Country, Donald Horne says:
Australia may have been the first suburban nation: for several generations, most of its men have been catching the 8.2, and messing about with their houses and gardens at the weekends.
It's on page 26 of my edition, early in Chapter 2: What is an Australian.
What does he mean by "catching the 8.2"? It would make sense if he said 8.02 (or 8:02), implying a commute to work by train or bus, so maybe this is a misprint? Or was "8.2" a common idiom in 60s Australia that I'm not familiar with?