AN ODE TO THE CRE­ATORS

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AUS­TRALIA is ac­knowl­edged as punch­ing above its weight in the sci­en­tific world, cred­ited with in­vent­ing such life-chang­ing cre­ations as wi-fi, the Cochlear im­plant and the black box flight recorder. This se­ries delves into the back sto­ries of some of the in­no­va­tions which have not only be­come Aus­tralian icons but changed the way of life for house­holds in the West­ern world. The open­ing episode fo­cuses on those which have im­proved home life, kick­ing off with the petrol-fu­elled ro­tary blade lawn­mower which be­came known as the Victa. Its in­ven­tor lawn­mow­ing busi­ness in 1948. Just a few years ear­lier, Lance Hill re­turned home from World War II to dis­cover his wife’s in­creas­ing vex­a­tion over a lemon tree tak­ing over the space for the back­yard prop clothes line. As­sem­bling a ro­tat­ing line from metal-tub­ing and wires, he cre­ated what would be­come the iconic Hills Hoist. Both in­ven­tions proved the adage of ne­ces­sity be­ing the mother of in­ven­tion but also the power of con­sumerism and ad­ver­tis­ing in the post-war 1950s when house­holds wanted to keep up with the Jone­ses.

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