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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Shepherd Castors are strong, easily manoeuvrable dome-shaped castors for furniture, and replaced traditional pivoted wheel castors. They were developed by George Shepherd in 1946.

  • Scientists at the CSIRO near Bathurst in NSW, conducted the first successful cloud seeding experiments, making rain fall in 1946.

  • George Nicholas and Henry Woolf Smith produced a high-grade aspirin product in Melbourne called Aspro in 1915. It later took over the international market.

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

  • 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 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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