Australians are responsible for some life changing inventions and also some wacky and wonderful inventions - here are a few of my favourites.
If you’ve been following my Land Down Under posts, you’ll have seen some of the amazing places that Australia has to offer. All previous posts are available via the Land Down Under tab on my blog, I hope you enjoy the tour.
Probably not the most fashionable item of headwear but definitely practical in the hot Australian sun to avoid the multitudes of flies and insects
Vegemite – Every Australian child grew up eating vegemite, a spread that was put on bread, toast, crackers you name it. Vegemite was invented by Fred Walker in 1923 and is made from the dark yeast extract leftovers of beer brewing, it’s supposedly one of the world’s richest sources of Vitamin B. This is a staple in the Australian diet, although many overseas visitors find it too salty and aren't keen on it.
Wine Cask – This marvellous invention came from Thomas Angrove, who lived in my parents hometown of Renmark. The wine cask was a cardboard box which contained a soft flexible bag that was sealed without any air space. A tap was used to siphon off wine and the bag collapsed as wine was withdrawn which prevented the remaining wine from contact with air and therefore lengthened the life of opened wine. It also has the benefit that it fits nicely in the esky to take on a picnic or to the beach.
Linseed oil proved dangerous because of the flammable qualities around campfires and a man called T.E Pearson developed a waterproofing product in his back shed in Manly, NSW, the technique is still used effectively today to waterproof these jackets which have now become a popular fashion item
There have been stories over the years of miraculous escapes for babies in capsules who have been involved in car accidents. I still recall seeing a photo years ago of a truck which had collided with the rear of a car and the baby seat had dropped down into the capsule casing and the the bull bar had gone over the top. Yes a lucky escape and the baby escaped with not a mark on it.
I hope you enjoyed looking at some of the wonderful things that Australians have invented over the years. Next week join me on a tour of Adelaide, my home town located in South Australia.
Invention is the mother of necessity.~ Thorstein Veblen