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

  • Modems the size of a shoebox led the NetComm company to develop in 1985 the Smart Modem - a string of Australian-designed, faster and smaller modems with better features.

  • In 1956 Jack Grant of QANTAS invented the inflatable aircraft escape slide which could also be used as a raft on water. Such slides are now standard safety equipment worldwide.

  • 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.

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

  • Penicillin was trialled successfully on humans by Howard Florey, and went into production in 1941 to help victims of World War II.

  • The world's first pregnancy using In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technology was reported from Monash Medical Centre in 1973. The first frozen embryo baby was born in Melbourne in 1984.

  • The first ever radio lesson was broadcast from the Royal Flying Doctor Base in Alice Springs in 1950 on the School of the Air.

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

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

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