Henry Sutton Book Publishing Fund

$7,083 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 45 people in 28 months


Henry Sutton is one of Australia's greatest inventors, and the true extent of his genius and how he changed the world has never been revealed. But with your help this book can be published and Henry's contribution to scientific and innovation history can be told.
I am Lorayne Branch, Henry Sutton's great grand-daughter, and I am the researcher and author. For the past 9 years I have been researching records, files and archives in libraries around the world to put together the full story of what Henry achieved and his effect upon the development of technology around the world.

I have had great support for my book about Henry from science journalist Robyn Williams, Professor Mark Dodgson from the University of Queensland and the members of Telsoc, the Telecommunication Society of Australia and many other organisations and people.

Book review by:
Professor Mark Dodgson FASSA, FRSA
Director Technology & Innovation Management Centre
The University of Queensland.

    I have no hesitation in claiming Henry Sutton is Australia’s greatest ever inventor and, indeed, one of the greatest inventors the world has ever seen. The range of his inventions is extraordinary, including in lighting, batteries, telephony and wireless telegraphy, photography, flight, microscopy, and car engines. Yet he remains shamefully unheralded. Admired and befriended by some of the great scientists and engineers of his time, such as Nikola Tesla and Alexander Graham Bell, his achievements are largely unrecognized. This Australian inventor, working in isolation in Ballarat in the decades around the turn of the 20 th century, deserves a place in the pantheon of contributors to the modern technological age.

 Sutton’s great granddaughter, Lorayne Branch, has set out to tell his story and she tells it very well. The depth of her research is impressive. She ably describes Sutton’s technical contributions alongside the personal triumphs and tragedies of this unassuming and modest man. This history of a great Australian is and of itself a valuable contribution that should be widely available, but there are also important contemporary issues it raises which continue to need to be addressed.

Australian culture still does not encourage and celebrate inventors and entrepreneurs. Government policies designed to support innovation remain piecemeal, uncoordinated and capable of producing the sorts of bureaucratic hurdles Sutton faced. Australian businesses still aren’t making the investments in research and technology that our international competitors think are so obviously necessary.

 We in Australia venerate our great achievers: our sportsmen and women, politicians, soldiers and public figures, and even the occasional scientist. We have a strong urge to demonstrate our abilities and relevance on the world stage. It is high time our inventors and innovators were also suitably celebrated. Branch’s book on Henry Sutton makes a great contribution to tackling this pressing need.
                                                                              Yours sincerely,
                                                                Professor Mark Dodgson

All donations large and small are very much appreciated, your generous donations will ensure that Henry Sutton’s biography is published and is available in all schools, universities and libraries in Australia and is available for everyone to buy and read in Australia and overseas.

For people who do not have a credit card donations can be made into the following bank account.
Account Name: LORAYNE BRANCH
Account Designator: ATF HENRY SUTTON BOOK PUBLISHING DONATION
Account Type: WESTPAC Esaver
Home Branch: WENDOUREE
BSB:  033607
ACCOUNT No. 000569

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Some good news everyone I have found a way to publish my long awaited book about Henry but I need a little more help to do so. My target is now $10,000 which will not only get the book published but will also make it affordable for everyone to buy. As you can see I am a bit short of my target so please spread the word to try and get donations so I can publish the book this year. Everyone's donations to date have helped a great deal and your ongoing support is very much appreciated.
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For people who have no credit cards donations can be made into the following bank account.
Account Name: LORAYNE BRANCH
Account Designator: ATF HENRY SUTTON BOOK PUBLISHING DONATION
Account Type: WESTPAC Esaver
Home Branch: WENDOUREE
BSB: 033607
ACCOUNT No. 000569
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This week I was very happy to include my Henry Sutton video onto my gofundme page. I hope this helps inspire everyone to donate to this amazing book about one of Australia's greatest innovators. Please take the time to view the video it is well worth viewing.
HENRY SUTTON: THE INNOVATIVE MAN
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This week information on my book on Henry Sutton and my gofundme campaign was included in the newsletter of the Australian Telephone Historical Society and Federation University's newsletter. The same story and funding details were also included in the July meeting minutes of the Telstra Museum in Melbourne, which were sent out today to all its members. I am very grateful for the support I have been given by everyone to help promote my book on Henry and my book publishing campaign. The support by several major organisations over the past month, demonstrates the importance of the publication of my book but donations are needed large or small for it to be published. Please consider sharing this link with friends and associates and donating even the smallest amount will help.
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Raised by 45 people in 28 months
Created June 5, 2016
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$2,000
Anonymous
5 months ago
KS
$100
Kristin Sargent
5 months ago

An Australian legend! Let him live on for all that he has done :)

$2,000
Anonymous
5 months ago
$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
DW
$30
David Waldron
6 months ago

Looking forward to this :-)

RG
$20
roma guerin
6 months ago

I do so hope you reach your goal Lorayne.

SG
$100
Sean Gannon
10 months ago

Happy to support a worthy Australian project.

$350
Anonymous
11 months ago
JH
$50
Joan Hunt
12 months ago

Very pleased that you are going to publish this book, Lorayne.

ZM
$23
Zoran Marinkovic
16 months ago

In the name of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, wish you all the best and successful campaign to publish the book. Zoran Marinkovic, Deputy Head of Mission

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