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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


  • Bruce Macdonald at the Australian Institute of Marine Science developed the world's first underwater computer in 1993

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

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

  • The Federation wheat strain, resistant to fungal rust disease and drought, was released by William Farrar in 1901.

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

  • It's now the most popular form of house construction. But, since 1928 brick veneer cladding has changed the face of Australia's urban and rural environments.

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

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

  • 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.

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




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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