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Australian inventions timeline

This is a resource that uses the topic of Australian inventions and innovations to explore trade marks, patents and registered design. The resource includes learning activities that examine significant Australian inventions and innovations, the impact that these inventions and innovations have had on the development of ...


Lawrence Hargrave with box kites, 1894

This is a sepia photograph, measuring 24.2 cm x 29.3 cm, of aeronautical inventor Lawrence Hargrave (left) and an unidentified man in Stanwell Park, on the coast between Sydney and Wollongong, New South Wales. They are assembling five box kites and joining them together, in preparation for using them to lift a man into ...


What invention could you not do without?

Some discoveries and inventions have transformed our lives. Listen as scientists from a range of fields identify their favourite technological innovations. They give reasons for their choices by describing the impact that these discoveries or inventions have had on their life and on society.


Tractor beam on water

Have you ever dropped something at sea and wished you could control the water flow so that it would bring the object back to you? Scientists at ANU have created a tractor beam on water that can do just that! Watch this video to find out about some of the practical applications of this technology.


Water shoes designed by Lawrence Hargrave, 1870

These are reproduction water shoes or skis designed by Lawrence Hargrave in 1870 to enable the wearer to walk on water. The shoes are hollow, timber and boat-shaped. Eight wooden square boards are hinged to the sole of each shoe and fold parallel to the sole to allow unimpeded forward motion of the shoes. The boards are ...


Fowler steam ploughing engine, 1889

This is a steam ploughing engine made in Britain by John Fowler and Co, Steam Plough Works, in 1889. The engine features a massive two-speed cable drum suspended from the underside of the boiler between the firebox and front axle. There is a canopy over the driving platform. A metal basket attached to the rear of the engine ...


Sheep washing at 'Collaroy' station, 1872

This is an image from a wood engraving, measuring 35.0 cm x 23.6 cm, showing an elaborate steam-driven sheep washing plant at 'Collaroy' station in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales. It shows sheep moving through several stages of scouring, washing and rinsing. Large boilers and engines are housed in sheds on the ...


Drones track endangered Australian animals

Tracking Australian animals over vast and varied landscapes can be very difficult for animal researchers. Watch this video to find out how drones are revolutionising the way researchers track endangered Australian animals.


Model of Hargrave's box kite, 1969

This is a reproduction model of a double box kite. It was designed by Lawrence Hargrave in 1893 and was made by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney in 1969. It comprises two rectangular cells made from a wooden frame with a cream cotton calico covering. Inside each of the cells are two wooden cross struts ...


What is a nanopatch?

Imagine if getting vaccinated was as simple as sticking a little patch on your skin. Watch this video as it explains how a nanopatch may revolutionise the way we deliver vaccines. 


SMART Notebook: The technological legacy of Ancient China

This resource is an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) resource examining inventions from Ancient China and their legacy in the modern world. Also contains activities about understanding historical time and working with timelines.


What is an optical dog nose?

What do you think an 'optical dog nose' is? Watch this video to find out how this technology can be used in the real world. Can you think of some other potential applications for this technology?


Vicki Colegrave cooking in newly renovated kitchen, Ferntree Gully, 1973

This black-and-white photograph features Vicki Colegrave cooking at the stove of her newly renovated kitchen in Ferntree Gully in 1973. The photograph was collected as part of Museum Victoria's Melbourne's Biggest Family Album project in 2006.


Droplet lens technology

Imagine if you could turn your smart phone into a microscope. These scientists have found a way to do just that. Watch this video to find out how easily and cheaply a high-resolution microscope can be made, and how this innovation is helping to revolutionise science and medicine all around the world.


Biomimicry in engineering

Students explore how engineers have incorporated systems, materials, and methods from nature into man made products, materials, and methods found in all industries. Students look to natural examples to create on paper a structure or system that would support people living on the moon. They consider patenting options and ...


Cox Stockman lawn tractor, 2005

This is a red and grey Cox Stockman 2005 ride-on lawn mower, manufactured from mixed materials by Cox Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd, Queensland. It features four black rubber tyres, an internal steel chassis, front-mounted engine, mid-mounted seat and driver control area and rear-drive axle. The external body is made mostly ...


Victa Razor lawnmower, 2004

These is a 2004 Victa Razor lawnmower with a Victa VSX160 two-stroke petrol engine. The lawnmower has an alloy chassis and a blue plastic catcher with grey-and-black trim. 'VICTA' is printed in black on each side of the catcher and printed in grey between the front wheels.


Solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave, 1907-12

This is a metal solar heater designed by Lawrence Hargrave between 1907 and 1912. The varnished wooden base comprises two triangular boards: one horizontal and one attached at a 50-degree angle. The base supports a brass rod that sits at a 45-degree angle. Mounted on the end of the rod is a wide metal cone painted silver ...


What can makerspaces offer?

Do you know what a makerspace is? Watch this video and see if you can list some of the skills and knowledge that a makerspace can provide. How important do you think it is to work collaboratively in a makerspace?


Blast furnace animation

This resource is about blast furnaces and innovations in smelting iron in 18th-century Britain. The animation show how a blast furnace used a combination of iron ore and limestone with coke to produce iron. Students read text material and then view the animation, which also includes a segment on how to build a blast furnace.