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You're going to be very surprised at some of the great inventions Australians have been responsible for...

Heck, Aussie are even responsible for turning dishwater and beer into electricity, AND running cars on nothing but water!

This page presents a variety of those for your perusal - please REFRESH to see a different selection of ten Aussie innovations.

To find out more, can I suggest you visit
The Power House Museum and Questacon


  • Automated betting at horse races was made possible with the Automatic Totalisator invented by George Julius in 1913.

  • QANTAS inaugurated a pioneering round the world airline service with two planes taking off from Melbourne in 1958.

  • In 1929, Alfred Traeger invented the Pedal Wireless - a pedal-operated generator which was connected to a wireless

  • Kiwi Boot Polish was first available for sale in 1906. It could restore the faded colour of brown shoes.

  • A lightweight, fully-enclosed hybrid toilet system which needs no water and requires minimal maintenance was released in 1998.

  • Modems the size of a shoebox led the NetComm company to develop in 1985 the Smart Modem - a string of Australian-designed, faster and smaller modems with better features.

  • The first ultrasound scanner was built in 1961 at the ultrasonics institute in the Commonwealth Department of Health by George Kossoff and David Robinson.

  • The first ever radio lesson was broadcast from the Royal Flying Doctor Base in Alice Springs in 1950 on the School of the Air.

  • In Victoria, the first prototype of a solar water heating system was developed by the CSIRO in 1953

  • The CSIRO developed a snake antivenom in 1968 which acted against the poison from most Australian snakes.




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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