Lance Hill (inventor of the Hill's Hoist) is not yet connected

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WikiTree profile: Lance Hill
in Genealogy Help by Mark Dorney G2G6 Mach 4 (44.5k points)

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You are aware that Hill didn’t invent the rotary hoist? Toyne did, whilst away at war his patent lapsed and Hill took advantage of this.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Simon Ross
Yes, but I thought man responsible for the Hills Hoist was not as snappy a title. He was certainly responsible for making the design affordable and popular.
You got it, Marion! Also, the person who patented the design in Australia was not the inventor. The same is true for the invention of ultrasound. It was commercialised in Australia but invented elsewhere.

Here is the article my Dutch friend sent me. Apparently, it was an American invention as opposed to a Dutch or Australian one. The patents here followed developments in the US. 

The American "umbrella" clotheslines I have seen bear very little practical resemblance to a Hills, other than basic shape and multiple lines.  They are lower to the ground and do not appear anywhere near as sturdy.  Most of those I have seen would pretty much work best as something out the back of a caravan.

I miss my Hills.
Thanks Simon, Toyne did actually invent the Australian rotary hoist, as he had no idea anyone else had. After all this was just after WW1 and it was during his stint in WW11 that the patent lapsed. Which just goes to show more than one person can come up with almost the same invention at almost the same time, and have no idea anyone else has been pondering the question!
Probably comes down to one of those conversations you have 'down the pub' At least we can all be clear it was not Hills that invented it and that his father and wife had a decent role in its commercialisation. Too often things like this are attributed only to one person - usually the most charismatic and rarely a woman if she was involved.

I have some great Wikitree profiles I want to write related to the Bauple nut (also has other traditional names), which was renamed after a Scottish settler. It was commercialised through the efforts of some Hawaiians, who bred it to be easier to break the shell after the tree was transferred there primarily for its natural beauty and capacity to stop erosion. However, it is iconically Australian, delicious, and endemic to the forests of Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales and it is rarely recognised in its original context.
Thanks for the star Simon
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I wonder if it is possible to connect whoever was the actual inventor of the Hills Hoist and the spin-off, which certainly is an Australian Invention

That really would be a special Wikitree effort. laughenlightened

by Simon Ross G2G6 Mach 2 (23.6k points)

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