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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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    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