The A to Z of Australian Inventions

Some time ago, a comment was made by somebody called George in which he claimed that Australia is behind the rest of the Western world for innovation. Amongst the many things he said, one of the lesser insulting remarks was “You can’t glory in World arena by having OZ made Wine, Beef and Tim Tam Biscuit…

Tim TamsYou can read his specific comment about that here, but the conversation started a fair bit earlier than that and went on for quite some time as people were debating the pros and cons of Australia versus the USA.

Another reader, Brett, pointed out the following in defence of Australia:

  • Medical Cancer Vaccines and Blood products… World Leaders.
  • Ramjet & Scram-jet Technology… World Leaders.
  • Wi-Fi Technology as employed and used by EVERY phone/computer/device on the Planet…we invented it and own the patents.
  • Bionic Ears (replacing hearing)… World Leader
  • Heart Transplant Technology and innovation… World Leader (we just discovered a way to increase the supply of Hearts for Transplant availability by almost 40%
  • World leader in Tractor Beam Research: Recently moved a particle with tractor beam 200% further than any other countries research teams
  • Solar energy panel efficiency… World Leaders

And that was to name but a few.

For a country with such a small population, I don’t think Australia does bad for innovation at all. So I decided to do an A to Z of Australian inventions.

A to Z of Australian inventions

  • Australian Rules Football
  • Bionic ear
  • CPAP mask
  • Dual flush toilet
  • Electric drill
  • First full-length feature film
  • Gene shears
  • Hills Hoist
  • Inflatable escape slide
  • Jindalee Radar System


I can’t find anything Australians have invented that begins with ‘K’. Well, that’s the end of that then.


It’s a shame, I had much lined up for the rest of the alphabet, including latex gloves, mechanical clippers, notepad, orbital engines, Polilight forensic lamp, quantum bit, refrigerator, solar hot water, tank, underwater torpedo, variable rack and pinion steering, Wi-Fi and zinc cream.

I don’t feel too cheated by ‘K’ though, I didn’t have anything for ‘X’ or ‘Y’ either. The x-ray was a German invention and it appears the yo-yo was either Chinese or Greek.

Yes, I checked them out, that’s how desperate I was getting.

So, anybody know of any Australian inventions that begin with K, X or Y? It’s a shame to get so close and yet not make it. If we can’t think of anything then surely this is a challenge that Australian inventors everywhere should rise to?

Anyway, why am I mentioning all this now?

To accompany today’s YouTube video…

And of course, let’s not forget those Tim Tams as well.

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  • ishraq August 3, 2015, 11:07 pm | Link

    Hey there Bob!

    Been following your website for well over the past year. I’ve truly enjoyed reading your blog posts. I’m in Australia myself. It was a bit of a wait although not as long as yours. I’m a student here. Studying in TAFE. Spending some time with my brother in Canberra at the moment though. Wanted to thank you cause you made the wait that much more bearable. Hope to see more of your posts. Keep on posting them and I’ll keep on reading. I’m sure so will a lot of other people. Best wishes to you and your family.

    A big, big fan from Bangladesh,

    • BobinOz August 4, 2015, 4:34 pm | Link

      Hi Ishraq, thank you very much, I really appreciate your kind words about my website. I will definitely keep on writing, hopefully others, including yourself, will continue to read it.

      Cheers, Bob

  • Sebastian Salm August 1, 2015, 11:38 am | Link

    I tried to click the links, but it says “Resource Limit is Reached.” What’s that mean?

    • BobinOz August 2, 2015, 8:04 pm | Link

      Which links? I’ve checked them this end, all working fine.

      • Sebastian Salm August 4, 2015, 8:37 am | Link

        Nevermind, bro. They work now.

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