We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land and give respect to Elders – past and present – and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian inventions and innovations

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From the Sydney International Exhibition of 1879 to the present day, the MAAS collection is rich with examples of Australian creativity and ingenuity that have had a real impact on our lives. This list is a small selection of the best.

The innovations cover all areas of life, including transport, energy, health, manufacturing, communications and leisure. The Museum continues to collect examples of Australian ingenuity in science, technology and design that have helped shape the world.