Inventions from Australia


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There are a surprising number of inventions that have been created in Australia.

This list will be expanded on with confirmations, as and when I am able to confirm them:

  • Anthrax One Dose Vaccine – 1918 – John McGarvie Smith.
  • Aspro – 1916 – George Nicholas, Melbourne.
  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer – 1952 – Sir Alan Walsh, CSIRO
  • Bionic Ear cochlear implant – – Professor Graeme Clark, The University of Melbourne
  • Black Box Flight Recorder – 1958 – Dr David Warren, Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne.
  • Cervical cancer vaccine – 1990 – Professor Ian Frazer, University of Queensland.
  • Combine Harvester – 1882 – Hugh Victor McKay of Drummartin, Victoria
  • Dim Sim – 1945 – Chinese chef William Wing Young created the Dim Sim for for his restaurant “Wing Lee”
  • Dual Flush Toilet – 1982 – Bruce Thompson, Caroma Industries, South Australia .
  • Electric Drill – 1889 – Arthur James Arnott, arrived in Melbourne in 1889 from Glasgow. He patented the world’s first electric drill on 20 August 1889 in Melbourne.
  • Electronic Pacemaker – 1926 – Dr. Mark Lidwill, Sydney’s Crown Street Women’s Hospital.
  • Garage Roller door – 1956 – B&D
  • Google Maps – – Danish-Australian brothers Lars and Jens Rasmussen, Sydney.
  • Rotary Clothes Line – 1920 – Gilbert Toyne’s ‘All-Metal Rotary Clothes Hoist‘, designed in 1912, was being manufactured and advertised in Australia.
  • Hills Hoist – 1946 – Lance Hill made a low cost rotary clothesline.
  • Inflatable Aircraft Escape Slide & Raft – 1965 – Jack Grant, Qantas
  • Kiwi Shoe Polish – 1904 – William Ramsay and Hamilton McKellan, Melbourne.
  • Latex Gloves – 1945 –
  • Night and Day Contact Lenses – 1999 –
  • Penicillin – – Howard Florey and team,
  • Permanent Crease Trousers – 1957 – Dr Arthur Farnworth, CSIRO
  • Plastic spectacle lenses – 1960 –
  • Polymer Bank Notes – 1988 – CSIRO Australia created plastic banknotes
  • Pre-paid Postage – 1838 First adhesive postage stamp issued. World’s first stamped stationery solely intended for prepayment postage sold in Sydney.
  • Refrigeration – 1850 – James Harrison, .
  • SolarScan – – , Polartechnics Ltd, Sydney Melanoma Unit and CSIRO
  • Spray-on-skin for burns victims – – Dr Fiona Wood.
  • Two Stroke Lawn Mower – 1930 –
  • Underwater torpedo – 1874 – Louis Brennan
  • Xerox Photocopying technology – 1907 Professor O U Vonwiller, The University of Sydney.

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