australian List of Australian Inventions

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A list of famous Australian inventions and innovations. Ancient cultures have long been known to discover, create, and produce new and useful tools, medicines, and foods, and ancient Australian inventions are among the most popular discoveries still used today. This list of Australian inventions includes many designed for sea travel, like the wave-piercing catamaran, as well as modern Australian inventions like the electronic Pacemaker.

Over the years, historical inventions from Australia have helped move society forward, enabling humans to hunt, eat, and travel in much more efficient ways. Aboriginal inventions have also allowed people to learn more about the world, keep safe from wildlife, and stay healthier longer.

These inventions by Australian inventors are labeled by era from which they came. Vote for your favorites to move them to the top of the list, and add any that you see missing.

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Didgeridoo is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Didgeridoo Era: Aboriginal technology - before 1788

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Woomera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Woomera Era: Aboriginal technology - before 1788

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Pre-paid postage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Pre-paid postage Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1838

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Grain stripper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Grain stripper Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1843

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Refrigerator is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Refrigerator Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1856

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AFL Live is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Australian Inventions
AFL Live Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1858

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Underwater torpedo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Underwater torpedo Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1874

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Stump jump plough is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Stump jump plough Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1876

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Mechanical clippers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Mechanical clippers Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1877

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Electric drill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Electric drill Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1889

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Coolgardie safe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Coolgardie safe Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1892

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Powered flight is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Powered flight Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1894

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Notepad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Notepad Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1902

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Froth flotation is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Froth flotation Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1903

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Feature Film is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Feature Film Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1906

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Surf life-saving reel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Surf life-saving reel Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1906

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Michell thrust block bearing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Michell thrust block bearing Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1907

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Humespun pipe-making process is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Humespun pipe-making process Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1910

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Dethridge wheel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Dethridge wheel Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1910

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Surf ski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Surf ski Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1912

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Tank is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Tank Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1912

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Self-Propelled Rotary Hoe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Self-Propelled Rotary Hoe Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1912

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Automatic totalisator is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Automatic totalisator Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1913

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Electronic Pacemaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Electronic Pacemaker Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1928

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Clapperboard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Clapperboard Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1930

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Coupé utility is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Coupé utility Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1934

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Polocrosse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Polocrosse Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1938

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Zinc Cream is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Zinc Cream Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1940

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Splayd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Splayd Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1943

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Hills Hoist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Hills Hoist Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1945

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Atomic Absorption Spectrophoto... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1952

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Solar hot water is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Solar hot water Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1953

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Distance Measuring Equipment (... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1955

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Pneumatic broadacre air seeder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Pneumatic broadacre air seeder Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1956

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Flame ionisation detector is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Flame ionisation detector Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1957

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Wool clothing with a permanent... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Wool clothing with a permanent crease Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1957

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Black box flight recorder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Black box flight recorder Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1958

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Plastic spectacle lenses is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Plastic spectacle lenses Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1960

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Ultrasound is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Ultrasound Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1961

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Inflatable escape slide is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Inflatable escape slide Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1965

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Wine cask is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Wine cask Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1965

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Staysharp knife is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Staysharp knife Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1970

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Variable rack and pinion steer... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Variable rack and pinion steering Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1971

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Orbital engine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Orbital engine Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1972

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Instream analysis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Instream analysis Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1972

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Power board is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Power board Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1972

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Super Sopper is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Super Sopper Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1974

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Synroc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Synroc Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1978

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Digital sampler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Australian Inventions
Digital sampler Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1979

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RaceCam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Australian Inventions
RaceCam Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1979