Famous Australian Ideas and Innovations

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • QANTAS inaugurated a pioneering round the world airline service with two planes taking off from Melbourne in 1958.

  • 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.

  • The first full-size rotary hoe cultivator was developed in 1922 and used energy to turn the soil directly, rather than dragging a plough behind a tractor.

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

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