AN ODE TO THE CREATORS
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.