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  • The Wiltshire Staysharp Knife - a knife sheath which sharpens the knife each time it was withdrawn - was invented in 1965.

  • 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.

  • Longtime household glove maker, Ansell, introduced disposable latex gloves for use in surgery in 1964.

  • The radio telescope in Parkes, NSW, received and relayed to the world pictures of the first moon landing in 1969

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

  • The Surf Lifesaving Reel was first demonstrated at Bondi Beach in 1906. It was designed by Lyster Ormsby.

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

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

  • 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 orbital internal combustion engine was developed in 1972 by engineer Ralph Sarich of Perth, Western Australia.




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Written by coais

About Stephen Spry

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