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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 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.

  • In 1972 Dynamic Lifter - an organic fertiliser made from chook manure - was invented.

  • 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 full-size rotary hoe cultivator was developed in 1922 and used energy to turn the soil directly, rather than dragging a plough behind a tractor.

  • The world's first pregnancy using In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technology was reported from Monash Medical Centre in 1973. The first frozen embryo baby was born in Melbourne in 1984.

  • Developed by Dr Saul Weiner, Redback Spider Antivenom was released in 1956.

  • Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was the first to fly across the Pacific Ocean in 1928.

  • The world's first plastic spectacle lenses, 60% lighter than glass lenses, were designed in 1960 by Scientific Optical Laboratories.

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

  • In 1956 Jack Grant of QANTAS invented the inflatable aircraft escape slide which could also be used as a raft on water. Such slides are now standard safety equipment worldwide.




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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