Inventive Aussies

Australians are a nation of inventors. Maybe it's due to our geographical isolation. Australia has produced 14 Nobel laureates, which is the highest number per head of population of any country. Here are some of the best bits of Aussie inventiveness...
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FIRE BRIGADE QUADRICYCLE  - 1912 Used by the New Farm Volunteer Fire Brigade in Queensland, this red, four-wheeled vehicle was built in 1912 by Howards Ltd. The Fire Brigade quadricycle carried a box for fire fighting equipment and an attachment for towing a hand reel hose cart. The New Farm Volunteer Fire Brigade was established in Moray Street, Brisbane in 1889.

Used by the New Farm Volunteer Fire Brigade, this red, four-wheeled vehicle was built in 1912 by Howards Ltd.

FAIRY BREAD - Originating in Australia, fairy bread is sliced white bread spread with margarine or butter and covered with sprinkles or hundreds and thousands which stick to the spread. It is typically cut into squares or triangles.  Fairy bread is commonly served at children's parties in Australia and New Zealand. The origin of the term is not known, but it may come from the poem 'Fairy Bread' in Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses, published in 1885.

FAIRY BREAD - Australia, fairy bread covered with hundreds and thousands.

GOGGOMOBIL DART 1958 - This is an adaption rather than an invention strictly. Australian car builder and dealer Bill Buckle developed a small open sports car based on the Goggo Coupe chassis, using the new fiberglass material to create a lighter, more curved car. The result was a pretty two seater in the then-current Lotus idiom.

1958 Goggomobil DART- someday when I'm obscenely wealthy I will buy a fantastic vintage car.

YEARLY CHRISTMAS STAMPS - Australia was the first country to issue regular Christmas stamps each year beginning in November 1957. In recent years Christmas stamps have alternated in theme between the religious and secular.

YEARLY CHRISTMAS STAMPS - Australia was the first country to issue regular Christmas stamps each year beginning in November In recent years Christmas stamps have alternated in theme between the religious and secular.

Steam Powered 1963 Ford Falcon - Ted Pritchard of Caufield Vic

Steam power was at the heart of the industrial revolution and even though other engine types emerged on the market since then some enthusiasts tried to prove it is still a viable alternative.

in 2015, Seabin founders Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton became  frustrated at the amount of rubbish floating around in the ocean,and designed an automated rubbish bin with an electric pump for marina docks that many hope could help reduce ocean pollution.

in Seabin founders Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton became frustrated at the amount of rubbish floating around in the ocean,and designed an automated rubbish bin with an electric pump for marina docks that many hope could help reduce ocean pollution.

In 2015 Stuart Anderson and his son Cedar invented the Flow Hive, a method of collecting honey does not disturb the hive, but allows the honey to flow out through a channel system straight out of a tap.

Flow Hive: A New Beehive that Automatically Extracts Honey without Disturbing Bees!

CSIRAC COMPUTER - 1948-  One of the world's first computers, and developed independently of research in  UK and USA by the CSIRO. Cartoonist Warren Brown explains why Australia didn't go on to become a world leader in computing despite such a good start. [video 3 mins] http://www.nationaltreasures.com.au/treasures/computer/

Video clips and curriculum-based study materials for Australian teachers.

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