In response to an unforgiving environment, Australia has evolved a robust tradition of inventors who resourcefully adapt technology from limited means. One of the most enigmatic of these people was Henry Hoke, a brilliant innovator all but forgotten by scientific history. This talk by South Australian writer, designer and Institute of Backyard Studies researcher Mark Thomson will examine Henry's legacy of hitherto forgotten inventions (e.g., the Waterproof Tap, the Population Tool, the Long Weight, and his Dehydrated Water Pills), and his many baffling and enigmatic tools that appear to defy the accepted laws of physics and the principles of engineering.
Mark Thomson is a South Australian writer and designer. He is the Research Director at the Institute of Backyard Studies. Thomson is the author of the Henry Hoke's Guide To The Misguided, The Complete Blokes and Sheds: Stories From the Shed, Makers, Breakers and Fixers: More Blokes and Their Sheds. Thomson lives in Blackwood, Adelaide.