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

  • It wasn't the first Australian rotary clothesline with a winding mechanism which allowed the frame to be raised and lowered, but the Hills Clothes Hoist (developed by Lance Hill in Adelaide in 1945) was certainly the most successful.

  • In 1906, the story about the Kelly Gang was the world's first feature length film.

  • In 1983, Australia II won the America's Cup in part due to the revolutionary winged keel designed by Ben Lexcen.

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

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

  • 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 CSIRO developed a snake antivenom in 1968 which acted against the poison from most Australian snakes.

  • The Wiltshire Staysharp Knife - a knife sheath which sharpens the knife each time it was withdrawn - was invented in 1965.

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




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Written by coais

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