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Creativity can be found on our theatre stages and in our science labs, in everyday products that make our lives easier, and in extraordinary art that changes our perspective of the world.

From composers to comedians, game developers to dancers, publishers to painters, filmmakers to fashion designers, Victorian creativity delivers a winning hand!

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Sherrin Football

If it's not a Sherrin, it's just not football - and it all started in a saddlery.
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Sherrin Football

If it's not a Sherrin, it's just not football - and it all started in a saddlery. Thomas William Sherrin, born in Melbourne in 1857, repaired and manufactured saddles and other equestrian equipment. A local VFL club would regularly send English made leather rugby balls to Thomas to patch and repair. One day he had one of sport's great ideas: to improve on the imported product by creating an oval shaped ball with rounder points. The local teams loved it and it was swiftly adopted as the ball their ball of choice.
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T-Rex

Creature Technology Company has produced technologically sophisticated, life-like animatronics for arena spectaculars, theme parks, exhibitions and stage shows.
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T-Rex

Based in West Melbourne, Creature Technology Company has produced technologically sophisticated, life-like animatronics for arena spectaculars, theme parks, exhibitions and stage shows including Walking with Dinosaurs, How to Train Your Dragon and the blockbuster Melbourne Museum exhibition Jurassic World.
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Tram Grab Handle

Yarra Trams turned to local design group CobaltNiche to design and manufacture components for Melbourne’s refurbished tram fleet.
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Tram Grab Handle

Yarra Trams turned to local design group CobaltNiche to design and manufacture components for Melbourne’s refurbished tram fleet – including the now iconic green anchor grab handles. The anchor handles, which allow one or two people to hold, are part of the daily commute for thousands of Melburnians. They have featured in several design exhibitions including the NGV’s 2013 Melbourne Now! and have kept commuters upstanding since 2000.
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Keepcup

Coffee is a serious business in Melbourne, but the 500 billion disposable cups manufactured globally each year left a bitter taste for cafe owners.
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Keepcup

Coffee is a serious business in Melbourne, but the 500 billion disposable cups manufactured globally each year left a bitter taste for cafe owners - and brother and sister team Abigail and Jamie Forsyth. Inspired by children's 'sippy' cups, they worked with local design group CobaltNiche to create the reusable KeepCup to reduce landfill and appeal to discerning coffee drinkers - as well as their baristas. KeepCup is now sold in 32 countries.
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Clapperboard

An essential tool in film and television production, the clapperboard is a combination of a chalkboard slate that holds scene information and a clapstick which is used to align sound and picture.
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Clapperboard

An essential tool in film and television production, the clapperboard is a combination of a chalkboard slate that holds scene information and a clapstick which is used to align sound and picture. It was invented circa 1930 by F. W. Thring, head of Efftee Studios in Melbourne.
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The Story Of The Kelly Gang

The Story of the Kelly Gang is recognised by the UNESCO Memory of the World Register as the world's first full-length narrative feature film.
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The Story Of The Kelly Gang

The Story of the Kelly Gang is recognised by the UNESCO Memory of the World Register as the world's first full-length narrative feature film. Shot entirely in Victoria by director Charles Tait, it was first shown at Melbourne's Athenaeum Hall on 26 December 1906.
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Ice Cubes

In 1851 Geelong's James Harrison created the world's first mechanical ice making machine
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Ice Cubes

In 1851 Geelong's James Harrison created the world's first mechanical ice making machine - a technique that was soon commercialised and has been keeping things cool for 165 years. Next time you settle in for a cold one, give a cheers to Mr H!
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3D Spongebob

Iloura is one of Australia's leading VFX studios, creating Hollywood dreams from their studio in South Melbourne.
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3D Spongebob

Iloura is one of Australia's leading VFX studios, creating Hollywood dreams from their studio in South Melbourne. The company brought SpongeBob SquarePants to life in 3D along with the title character from the live action film franchise Ted, while contributing visual effects to Mad Max: Fury Road, The Great Gatsby, Wolverine and many others.
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The Art Of Patricia Piccinini

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Patricia's fantastical works explore the body, humanity and the evolving world.
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The Art Of Patricia Piccinini

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Patricia Piccinini's fantastical works explore the body, humanity and the evolving world. One of Australia's leading contemporary artists, she has exhibited at leading art institutes around the world, including a star turn at the 2003 Venice Biennale.
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Maton Guitar

Founded in 1946 in a small backyard workshop in Melbourne by brothers Bill and Reg May, Maton Guitars is a global success story.
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Maton Guitar

Founded in 1946 in a small backyard workshop in Melbourne by brothers Bill and Reg May, Maton Guitars is a global success story. The lovingly crafted instruments have found their way into the hands of George Harrison, Harry Vanda, Tommy Emmanuel, John Butler, Ben Harper and Josh Homme, amongst many others.
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Memobottle

Mornington Peninsula residents Jonathan Byrt and Jesse Leeworthy launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to raise funds to develop Memobottle - an ergonomic, reusable water bottle.
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Memobottle

Mornington Peninsula residents Jonathan Byrt and Jesse Leeworthy launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to raise funds to develop Memobottle - an ergonomic, reusable water bottle. Eighteen months later, the Memobottle is available in 70 countries and was included in the nominee gift bag at the 2016 Academy Awards.
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Black Box Flight Recorder

In 1958, at a research laboratory in Melbourne, engineer David Warren developed a device that would assist with the investigation of aircraft accidents.
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Black Box Flight Recorder

In 1958, at a research laboratory in Melbourne, engineer David Warren developed a device that would assist with the investigation of aircraft accidents. Recording the aeroplane's instrument readings and the pilot's voices in the cockpit, his prototype black box flight recorder has become a global standard.
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The Castle

Shot around Melbourne in 11 days, The Castle is one of Australia's most beloved films.
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The Castle

Shot around Melbourne in 11 days, The Castle was directed by Rob Sitch and featured Eric Bana is his debut film role. It grossed more than $10 million at the box office, becoming one of Australia's most treasured films.
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Electric Drill

The electric drill was patented in 1889 by Arthur James Arnot, a Scottish migrant who moved to Victoria to design and manage the Spencer Street Power Station.
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Electric Drill

The electric drill was patented in 1889 by Arthur James Arnot, a Scottish migrant who moved to Victoria to design and manage the Spencer Street Power Station. Arnot's invention, a large drill powered by an electric motor, ushered in a new era in DIY construction.
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Baby Capsule

Victorian designers Rainsfords (later called Britax Childcare) created a revolution in vehicle safety with the Safe-n-Sound baby capsule - the first of its kind in the world.
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Baby Capsule

Victorian designers Rainsfords (later called Britax Childcare) created a revolution in vehicle safety with the Safe-n-Sound baby capsule - the first of its kind in the world. A secure infant car seat with a release mechanism that allows the bassinet to rotate in a crash, the Safe-n-Sound baby capsule has been keeping babies safe since 1984.
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Snuff Puppets

Founded in a Footscray warehouse 24 years ago Snuff Puppets have since taken their giant puppet spectacles to more than 25 countries.
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Snuff Puppets

Founded in a Footscray warehouse 24 years ago Snuff Puppets have since taken their giant puppet spectacles to more than 25 countries and established an international reputation as Australia's leading giant puppet experimental theatre company. In 2015 the team created the world's largest human puppet for their production Everybody measuring more than 26m and featuring detachable and interactive human body parts and organs.
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Circus Oz

Born in Melbourne in 1978, Circus Oz is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus full of breathtaking stunts and irreverent humour.
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Circus Oz

Born in Melbourne in 1978, Circus Oz is a rock-n-roll, animal free circus full of breathtaking stunts and irreverent humour. From New York to South American rainforests, Madrid to outback Australia, Circus Oz has taken its wit and spectacle to 27 countries across five continents, to wide critical acclaim.
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The Ute

While Lew Bandt, then a young designer from Geelong, may be credited with designing Ford's first ever ute, the impetus for the idea actually came from a Gippsland farmer's wife.
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The Ute

While Lew Bandt, then a young designer from Geelong, may be credited with designing Ford's first ever ute, the impetus for the idea actually came from a Gippsland farmer's wife. The woman requested a practical solution to her problems - a vehicle that could be taken to church on Sunday, but could also be used to take the pigs to market on a Monday.
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The Stackhat

Australia was the first country in the world to introduce national mandatory bicycle helmet legislation, beginning in 1990.
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The Stackhat

Australia was the first country in the world to introduce national mandatory bicycle helmet legislation, beginning in 1990. The Stackhat - designed in Melbourne - was one of the first helmets to comply with strict Australian standards.
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The Art Of Pitcha Makin Fellaz

The Pitcha Makin Fellaz created stunning light projections on the Royal Exhibition Building for White Night Melbourne 2016.
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The Art Of Pitcha Makin Fellaz

Finalists in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards in 2014 and 2015, the Pitcha Makin Fellaz created stunning light projections on the Royal Exhibition Building for White Night Melbourne 2016, providing the group with its largest ever canvas. Next, the Ballarat collective was commissioned to design guernseys for the Western Bulldogs, to be worn in the 2016 AFL Indigenous round.
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The Sapphires

The true tale of an Indigenous girl group sent to entertain Aussie troops at war.
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The Sapphires

The true tale of an Indigenous girl group sent to entertain Aussie troops at war, The Sapphires started its life at the Melbourne Theatre Company after playwright Tony Briggs had an idea to write a story based on the life of his mother and aunt. Tony then adapted his work for the screen which became a smash hit film starring Deborah Mailman and Jessica Mauboy that premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
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Monkey Grip

Helen Garner's debut novel was written under the dome at the State Library of Victoria.
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Monkey Grip

Helen Garner's debut novel was written under the dome at the State Library of Victoria. It launched a powerhouse literary career that includes some of the most compelling nonfiction work Australia has ever produced and a slew of awards nationally and internationally.
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The Slap

The Slap is a best-selling novel by Victoria's Christos Tsiolkas, adapted for ABC Television in 2011 by Matchbox Pictures.
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The Slap

The Slap is a best-selling novel by Victoria's Christos Tsiolkas, adapted for ABC Television in 2011 by Matchbox Pictures. This gripping exploration of conflicting social mores was brought to the screen some of our finest screen talent, including directors Tony Ayres, Matthew Saville and Robert Connolly. The series was later adapted for the US network NBC Universal.
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Chopper

Based on the life of Australia's most notorious underworld figure, Chopper is a low budget Victorian film that won critical acclaim around the world.
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Chopper

Based on the life of Australia's most notorious underworld figure, Chopper is a low budget Victorian film that won critical acclaim around the world. Eric Bana's star turn as the eponymous Chopper was the first bold step in a celebrated career, while director and VCA alumnus Andrew Dominik went on to wow critics with The Assassination of Jesse James.
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The Living End

The triumphant punk rock trio launched a juggernaut with their 1997 single Prisoner of Society, the calling card for their platinum-selling, self-titled debut album.
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The Living End

The triumphant punk rock sounds of The Living End were first heard in Melbourne. The trio launched a juggernaut with their 1997 single Prisoner of Society, the calling card for their platinum-selling, self-titled debut album. The Living End have released six best-selling albums overall, earning 27 ARIA nominations and 5 ARIA wins.
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Mad Max

Filmed at Clunes, Little River and Melbourne University, Mad Max was a guerilla filmmaking project that would become a multi-generational film dynasty.
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Mad Max

Filmed at Clunes, Little River and Melbourne University, Mad Max was a guerilla filmmaking project that would become a multi-generational film dynasty. The dystopian original by George Miller was one of the first Australian films to be shot in anamorphic widescreen. It grossed an estimated $100 million worldwide.
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Harvie Krumpet

Directed by VCA graduate Adam Elliot and narrated by Geoffrey Rush, Harvie Krumpet is the story of a Polish-Australian man whose life is plagued by bad luck.
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Harvie Krumpet

Directed by VCA graduate Adam Elliot and narrated by Geoffrey Rush, Harvie Krumpet is the story of a Polish-Australian man whose life is plagued by bad luck. The film was lovingly crafted from plasticine models over fifteen months, with support from Film Victoria. In 2004, Harvie Krumpet won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
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The 65-Story Treehouse

Beloved Victorian kid's author Andy Griffiths broke records with The 65-Story Treehouse - the fastest selling Australian book in a decade and the bestselling book of 2015.
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The 65-Story Treehouse

Beloved Victorian kid's author Andy Griffiths broke records with The 65-Story Treehouse - the fastest selling Australian book in a decade and the bestselling book of 2015. Over the last 20 years, Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, have been adapted for the stage and television and have won more than 50 Australian children’s choice awards.
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Based on the best-selling crime series by Melbourne's Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries has been sold in over 120 territories worldwide.
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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Based on the best-selling crime series by Melbourne's Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries has found a cult audience on the small screen and has been sold to 120 territories worldwide. Essie Davis stars as the sassy Phryne Fisher, a feminist heroine in lush Jazz Age attire.
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Crossy Road

A worldwide smash, Hipster Whale’s mobile game Crossy Road reached 120,000,000 downloads in February 2015.
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Crossy Road

A worldwide smash, Hipster Whale’s mobile game Crossy Road reached 120,000,000 downloads in February 2015. Hipster Whale was named Studio of the Year at the 2015 Australian Game Developer of the Year Awards and has since been handpicked by Japanese games giant Bandai Namco and Disney studios to collaborate on games.
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Sometimes I Sit And Think Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett released her debut album to great acclaim in 2015.
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Sometimes I Sit And Think Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett released her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit to great acclaim in 2015. The singer-songwriter won hearts around the globe with her tales of life in inner north Melbourne, winning four ARIA Awards and a Grammy nomination along the way.
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The Eye Of The Sheep

Sofie Laguna took out Australia’s top fiction prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, for her first novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep.
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The Eye Of The Sheep

Sofie Laguna took out Australia’s top fiction prize, the Miles Franklin Literary Award, for her first novel for adults, The Eye of the Sheep. The work, which is in the Melbourne suburb of Altona in the 1980s, tells the story of a working class family struggling with a difficult child. It was developed with support from Creative Victoria.
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The Dressmaker

Based on Victorian author Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel of the same name, The Dressmaker was shot at Mount Rothwell, Little River, Horsham, the Wimmera and Docklands Studios.
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The Dressmaker

Based on Victorian author Rosalie Ham’s 2000 novel of the same name, The Dressmaker was shot at Mount Rothwell, Little River, Horsham, the Wimmera and Docklands Studios. It became the highest-grossing Australian film of 2015 and took home four AACTA Awards including the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film.
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Richard Nylon Millinery

A self-taught milliner, Richard Nylon’s iconic creations adorn fashion forward heads and are featured in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
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Richard Nylon Millinery

A self-taught milliner, Richard Nylon’s iconic creations adorn fashion forward heads and are featured in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
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Back To Back Theatre

Founded in Geelong in 1987, Back to Back creates ground-breaking contemporary theatre imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors.
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Back To Back Theatre

Founded in Geelong in 1987, Back to Back creates ground-breaking contemporary theatre imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors. Back to Back has toured productions to 23 countries and earned the Number 4 spot in The Guardian UK’s list of Top 10 Theatre Productions of 2014, for Ganesh Versus the Third Reich.
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Somebody That I Used To Know

Written in his parents’ barn on the Mornington Peninsula, Goyte’s indie ballad topped the charts in 26 countries.
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Somebody That I Used To Know

Written in his parents’ barn on the Mornington Peninsula, Goyte’s indie ballad topped the charts in 26 countries. The film clip, directed by Victorian filmmaker Natasha Pincus, has had well over 600 million views online worldwide.
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Dame Edna

Housewife superstar and her iconic glasses, debuted in 1955, created and performed by Victorian comedian Barry Humphries.
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Dame Edna

Created and performed by Victorian comedian Barry Humphries, Dame Edna was created by Humphries to pass the time and entertain fellow performers during a regional Victorian tour with the Union Repertory Company (now known as the Melbourne Theatre Company). The housewife superstar and her iconic glasses, debuted in 1955.
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Polymer Banknote

In the late 1960s Victorian scientist, Professor Peter Solomon began work on a project to develop a banknote that could not be forged.
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Polymer Banknote

In the late 1960s Victorian scientist, Professor Peter Solomon began work on a project to develop a banknote that could not be forged. The 1988 release of the first polymer note was the culmination of 21 years of research and design development. Today the polymer banknote is used by more than 30 countries.
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The Rosie Project

After winning the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Rosie Project was published in more than 40 countries.
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The Rosie Project

After winning the 2012 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, The Rosie Project by IT consultant turned writer Graeme Simsion went on to be published in more than 40 countries. Its film rights have been sold to Sony Pictures.
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Cochlear Implant

Originally created by Professor Graeme Clark and his team at the University of Melbourne, the Cochlear Implant has given the gift of hearing to more than 300,000 people worldwide.
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Cochlear Implant

Originally created by Professor Graeme Clark and his team at the University of Melbourne, the Cochlear Implant, or ‘Bionic Ear’, has given the gift of hearing to more than 300,000 people worldwide since the first operation in 1978.
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Blackmagic Camera

Based in Victoria, Blackmagic has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of creative video technology, from cutting edge digital cinema cameras to post-production software.
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Blackmagic Camera

Based in Victoria, Blackmagic has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of creative video technology, from cutting edge digital cinema cameras to post-production software. From The Martian to Game of Thrones, Halo 5 to the BBC's War & Peace, Blackmagic products have brought the world's stories to life.
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Kransky Bike Lock

Launched in Melbourne in 2003 by Hugo Davidson and Malcolm McKechnie, Knog is a global bike accessories brand with distribution in 46 countries.
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Kransky Bike Lock

Launched in Melbourne in 2003 by Hugo Davidson and Malcolm McKechnie, Knog is a global bike accessories brand with distribution in 46 countries. One of the best-known products made by the company is the Kransky bike lock - a 20mm diameter steel cable in a stylish silicon sheath.
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Crumpler Bag

Founded in a pub over a handshake and a beer, Crumpler is one of Melbourne's greatest design exports.
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Crumpler Bag

Founded in a pub over a handshake and a beer, Crumpler is one of Melbourne's greatest design exports. Crumpler bags were originally designed by and for bike couriers - built to last, guaranteed for life. Today, their bags, luggage and lifestyle products are sold by more than 50 stockists internationally, including 19 Crumpler flagship stores in cities including New York, Tokyo, Beijing and Vancouver.
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Billi

Launched to market in 1990s, the Billi under-counter instant boiling and chilled filtered water system was the first of its kind in the world
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Billi

Launched to market in 1990s, the Billi Aqua Genius under-counter instant boiling and chilled filtered water system was the first of its kind in the world - a single tap distributing both hot and cold water. The Victorian-based company now has a global reach, with branches in the UK, UAE, NZ and Asia and extensive product distribution throughout North America.