The Fred Walsh Special Prize

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WHO IS FRED WALSH YOU ASK?


Fred Walsh was one of the first patent attorneys in New South Wales in 1882. He was a pioneer for home grown inventions and success.

He was an Royal Agricultural Society councilor from 1904 – 1907, he also started his working career as a mechanical engineer and knew a thing or two about inventing.

He introduced the Fred Walsh Special Prize in 1902 to encourage home grown innovations.

The RAS agreed and saw this as a time when Australia needed to develop to keep the health of all industries at the same standard. Since all industry at this time was so closely allied with Agriculture if on industry suffered they all would, with a domino effect.

WHAT WERE THESE PIONEERING INVENTIONS


The first entries in the Fresh Walsh Prize funded by the man himself with a 2 pound prize included-

AN AUTOMATIC RABBIT TRAPPING FENCE

   Rabbit Trapping Fence
 A VENTILATED BUTTER COOLER
Ventilated Butter Cooler

By 1910 the invention competition had ceased and we began showcasing our success with exhibits like you see at every modern day Sydney Royal Easter Show.

Some other local made products showcased over the years included-
ARTIFICIAL TEETH
artificial teeth       

ICE MAKING MACHINE
Ice making machine

WHEELCHAIR INNOVATIONS

wheelchair

GUN TECHNOLOGY

machine gun invention

If it wasn’t for Fresh Walsh and his foresight in innovation, we wouldn’t have many things we take for granted in our modern age. E.G ice cubes.

With over 850 000 people making there way through the gates each year at Sydney Olympic Park. The Sydney Royal Easter Show, not only being one of the biggest celebrations in the southern hemisphere, it is the place where Australian ideas and innovation is showcased to not only the rest of Australia, but the rest of the world.

                              

 

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