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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


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

  • John McGarvie Smith donated his secret discovery of an anthrax vaccine to the NSW Government in 1918.

  • The Wiltshire Staysharp Knife - a knife sheath which sharpens the knife each time it was withdrawn - was invented in 1965.

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

  • A Sydney inventor, Gordon Withnall, invented the Super Sopper in 1974 to soak up water from wet sportsgrounds.

  • 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 Baby Safety Capsule was invented in 1983. Now, the Australian Standard for infant and child restraints is one of the most stringent in the world, demanding an extremely rigorous degree of protection.

  • In 1982, the dual flush toilet (dunny) was responsible for initial savings in excess of 32000 litres of water per household a year. Pretty important in a dry continent!

  • Reverend John Flynn founded the world's first Aerial Medical Service, the Flying Doctor Service, in 1928

  • Interscan - an aircraft approach and landing guidance system using microwaves - was successfully tested at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne in 1975




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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