Australia's Greatest Inventions

Australia's Greatest Inventions

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Australia has a reputation for innovation and inventiveness a€” that famous 'tie it up with fence-wire' attitude towards getting things done is one of our best-known national characteristics. Popular opinion tells us that a knack for adaptation a€” for jerry rigging and so-called 'bush improvisation' a€” is one of the qualities that marks us out as Australian. If you had to play 'spot the Australian' among other nationalities, you'd choose the ones with the duct tape and pliers in their hands. But ask your average Aussie to reel off a list of uniquely Australian inventions at a pub trivia night, and most won't get much further than the stump-jump plough, the Hills Hoist, Speedos and the pavlova. Suddenly you may find yourself wondering if we're all that inventive as a culture after all? These examples certainly don't seem to build a terribly convincing case. This book proves that for a 200-year-old culture with a relatively small population, Australians have a much richer inventive history than we give ourselves credit for. Once we've seen that this reputation for inventiveness is justified, the next question becomes: is there something in our cultural wiring, something about being Australian, that makes us more inventive than other people? This book is part of Exisle Publishing's Little Red Books series. Every title in the Little Red Books series provides an overview of key events, people or places in Australian history. They cover the essentials, bringing the reader up to speed on the most important, fascinating or intriguing facts. Appealing to everyone from students to pensioners who've always wanted to qknow a bit about thatq, they're an essential part of every Australian bookshelf.1946 a€“ Hills Hoist, Shepherd castors 1947 a€“ Cloud seeding 1948 a€“ Free music machine 1950s a€“ Internal pacemaker 1950 a€“ School of the Air 1951 a€“ Disposable syringe 1952 a€“ Victa lawnmower, esky, atomic absorption spectrophotometeranbsp;...

Title:Australia's Greatest Inventions
Author:Lynda De Lacey
Publisher:Exisle Publishing - 2010-04-01


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