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

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

  • The Pop Top Can idea of press-buttons on cans (where the button is hinged to the can) so it does not cause a litter problem, was developed by Sir Ian McLennan of BHP in 1973

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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