List of Australian Inventions Anything
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List of Australian Inventions

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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    Era: Aboriginal technology - before 1788

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    Woomera Era: Aboriginal technology - before 1788

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    Pre-paid postage Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1838

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    Grain stripper Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1843

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    Refrigerator Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1856

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    Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1858

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    Underwater torpedo Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1874

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    Stump jump plough Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1876

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    Mechanical clippers Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1877

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    Electric drill Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1889

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    Coolgardie safe Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1892

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    Powered flight Era: Colonial era - 19th century - 1894

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    Notepad Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1902

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    Froth flotation Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1903

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    Feature Film Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1906

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    Surf life-saving reel Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1906

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    Michell thrust block bearing Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1907

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    Humespun pipe-making process Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1910

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    Dethridge wheel Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1910

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    Surf ski Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1912

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    Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1912

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    Self-Propelled Rotary Hoe Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1912

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    Automatic totalisator Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1913

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    Electronic Pacemaker Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1928

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    Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1930

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    Coupé utility Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1934

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    Polocrosse Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1938

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    Zinc Cream Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1940

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    Splayd Era: 20th Century Post-Federation - 1943

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    Hills Hoist Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1945

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    Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1952

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    Solar hot water Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1953

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    Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1955

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    Pneumatic broadacre air seeder Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1956

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    Flame ionisation detector Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1957

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    Wool clothing with a permanent crease Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1957

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    Black box flight recorder Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1958

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    Plastic spectacle lenses Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1960

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    Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1961

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    Inflatable escape slide Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1965

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    Wine cask Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1965

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    Staysharp knife Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1970

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    Variable rack and pinion steering Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1971

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    Orbital engine Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1972

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    Instream analysis Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1972

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    Power board Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1972

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    Super Sopper Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1974

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    Synroc Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1978

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    Digital sampler Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1979

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    RaceCam Era: 20th century Post-World War II - 1979

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