david unaipon

Woah, the dude on the $50 note is awesome. His name is David Unaipon, he was an Aboriginal man born on this day in 1872 who invented heaps of stuff including shearing shears we still use today, was Australia’s first published Indigenous author, came up with the idea of a helicopter using the physics of a boomerang 15 years before the first helicopter flew, fought for Indigenous rights and more. He was known as Australia’s Da Vinci because he was off the charts gifted, smart and inventive, but still faced a lot of racism and never made any money from his inventions, which were largely stolen or used illegally. Maybe everyone already knew about him and I’m late to this but, Unaipon! What a dude!