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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


  • The Wine Cask - a modern version of the traditional European wine 'bladder' (a leather pouch which collapses as the wine is poured, keeping air out) - was developed by Thomas Angove in 1965.

  • The Wiltshire Staysharp Knife - a knife sheath which sharpens the knife each time it was withdrawn - was invented in 1965.

  • The original heart pacemaker was invented by a doctor in 1926 from the Sydney Crown Street Women's Hospital.

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

  • Racecam - the lightweight, fixed camera first used in car racing - was developed by Geoff Healey in 1979 and has changed sports broadcasting worldwide.

  • The Surf Lifesaving Reel was first demonstrated at Bondi Beach in 1906. It was designed by Lyster Ormsby.

  • Dr Arthur Farnworth of the CSIRO added a special resin to wool fibres in 1957 to change their chemical structure to create Permanent Crease Trousers.

  • Penicillin was trialled successfully on humans by Howard Florey, and went into production in 1941 to help victims of World War II.

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

  • The first Black Box Flight Recorder recorded the pilot's voice and some instrument readings was invented in 1958 by Dr David Warren from Melbourne. It is now used in aircraft worldwide.




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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