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!
David Unaipon (born David Ngunaitponi) (28 September 1872 – 7 February 1967) was a widely known indigenous Australian of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. Unaipon’s contribution to Australian society helped to break many indigenous Australian stereotypes. Unaipon is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration.