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

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

  • The Victa Mower, a revolutionary two-stroke petrol lawnmower with rotary blades was much easier to use than its older push/pull cousins. It was invented in 1952 by Mervyn Victor Richardson, a salesman from Sydney.

  • The Sydney GPO had the world's first mechanised Letter Sorting Machine in 1930. It was developed by an engineer with the Postmaster General's Department.

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • The u-beaut "ute", with a front including the comforts of a car, and a rear like a truck, was designed in 1933 at the Ford Motor Company in Geelong, Victoria.

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




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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