Most Famous Australian Inventions

Most Famous Australian Inventions

There are actually many great Australian inventions and too often we don’t get the credit for our ingenious qualities. Aussies abroad must arm themselves with knowledge so our friends overseas don’t get all the credit. Australians have come up with a lot of things used both locally and internationally. So, C’mon Aussies let’s claim them and represent!

Australians are inventive because of our isolation forcing us to come up with many things ourselves. There are so many famous Australian inventions including well-known Aboriginal technology like the didgeridoo and the boomerang, we also have sports such as Aussie Rules. Some of the following inventions are so common to our modern lives that they will surprise you they’re Aussie.

Ozzies Abroad take’s a look at some of the most famous Australian inventions.

Remember it’s all about the bragging rights!


Most Famous Australian Inventions
Keeping It Cold!

The world’s first ice making machine designed for practical reasons such as meat packing and brewing was invented by Australian James Harrison in1956. Gotta keep the BBQ meat fresh and Beer cold Mate!

Electrical Drill

The electric drill is a drill which is driven by an electric motor. The invention of the electric drill is credited to Arthur James Arnot and William Blanch Brain of Melbourne who patented the electric drill in 1889.


Not the modern text editor by Microsoft but an actual notepad. In 1902, Tasmanian stationer J.A. Birchall decided that it would be a good idea to glue smaller sheets of paper together at the top. No Way!

Surf Ski

Harry Mclaren from Port Macquarie invented the surf ski. He was only 15 years old and used it to get around his families oyster farm. It was later used by lifesavers on Australian beaches.


A South Australian by the name of Lance de Mole submitted the idea to the British War Office. The idea was rejected but eventually they built one and he was paid and recognised as the inventor.

Zinc Cream

No surprises here.

Most Famous Australian Inventions
Thanks Mum!

The white sun block that Aussies cake on their nose was developed by the Fauldings Pharmacedical Company. Thank God for clear zinc!

Black Box Flight Recorder

Dr David Warren in Melbourne invented the recording device that has helped make aviation safer over the years. His own father died in an air tragedy in 1941. It is now a compulsory piece of equipment on all commercial flights.

Inflatable Escape Slide

More for Aviation, the inflatable aircraft escape slide which doubles as a floatation deice was invented by Qantas employee Jack Grant in 1965.

Wine Cask

Okay, cask wine isn’t the best tasting wine but Thomas Angove of Renmark, South Australia is credited with the invention.

Most Famous Australian Inventions
A Headache in a box!

Basically it’s a plastic bladder inside a cardboard box.

Interesting factAustralia is the world’s fourth largest exporter of wine.

Power Board

The power board has come in handy for many people since it’s invention but sadly the inventor Peter Talbot didn’t get any royalties for the invention because his employer Kambrook didn’t patent it.


Claim it! Wi-Fi is attributed as an Australian invention by CSIRO in 1992. The CSIRO has held key patents for Wi-Fi technology since the mid-1990s, bringing the organization millions of dollars in royalties every year. Nice one! Although the Wi-Fi trademark, under which most products are sold, is under the ownership of the Wi-Fi Alliance based in Austin, Texas.

Hills Hoist

Many of us grew up with this iconic clothes line in our back yard.

Most Famous Australian Inventions
Our Right Of Passage!

Lance Hill invented it 1945 and kids are still swinging on them today.

Google Maps

Two Aussies Neil Gordon and Stephen Ma along with two Danes Lars and Jens Rasmussen founded a small start-up company called Where 2 Technologies in 2003. It was in Sydney and with this company they invented the platform for Google Maps.

Polymer Bank Notes

The first plastic bank note to be put into circulation was the $10 note, released in 1988. In 1996, Australia became the first country to have a complete set of plastic currency. The Reserve Bank of Australia and CSIRO take credit for this invention which makes counterfeiting the currency virtually impossible. Read here to find out who the people are on Aussie banknotes.

There You Have It

There you have some bragging rights now for some of the most famous Australian inventions. Other inventions include Spray-on skin, permaculture, salt water chlorination, ultrasound scanner, solar hot water, stainless steel braces and off course Vegemite.

See Ya later!

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4 Replies to “Most Famous Australian Inventions”

  1. I love Australia and I am going to go there to visit the country. This is one of the things to do in my bucket list. Necessity is the mother of invention, so being so isolated has a good side, it takes out the best of the solutions for the day to day problems. Thanks for the invention of refrigeration, I don´t know what I would do without the cold beers .)

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