A VERY CLEVER COUN­TRY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

EARLY in this se­ries, host Matt Parkin­son (Go­liath to fans of TheChase Aus­tralia) says that when it comes to world-chang­ing in­ven­tions, Aus­tralia has “punched well above our weight”. You had bet­ter be­lieve it, be­cause it’s tak­ing eight episodes to cover all of this coun­try’s ground­break­ing in­no­va­tions. Parkin­son is joined by jour­nal­ist Anja Tay­lor, in­ven­tor Sally Dominguez and his­to­rian David Hunt to look at themes of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, wartime, farm smart, medicine, food preser­va­tion, airborne and su­per vi­sion. Tonight’s first episode is all about home life. I was aware of the Hills Hoist but we dis­cover that it was Gil­bert Toyne who cre­ated the back­yard icon, only to see some­one else reap the prof­its. The bone­less corset, de­signed by Myra Tay­lor, was a revo­lu­tion for women. Mervyn Richard­son is renowned for in­vent­ing the Victa lawn­mower. Dr Steve Cum­mings and Bruce Thomp­son’s dual flush toi­let is a ma­jor wa­ter saver. Other in­ven­tions set to be fea­tured in the se­ries in­clude the bionic ear, high­speed WiFi, and pre-paid postage. If that’s not enough for you – how about the stump jump plough, ute, Akubra, the Cool­gar­die safe and the wine cask. With home life, it was all about want­ing modern con­ve­nience and time sav­ing de­vices. At first, the ro­tat­ing clothes hoist was a sta­tus sym­bol for the wealthy be­fore spread­ing to back­yards right across the coun­try.

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