Henry Sutton Book Publishing Fund

$2,360 of $60k goal

Raised by 35 people in 8 months
Lorayne Branch  Ballarat, VIC
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 7 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.

Television, radio, the telephone, the electric light bulb, the fax machine, front wheel drive cars - Henry Sutton invented, designed,  innovated and built all of these, but they are just chapters in a lifetime of constant invention.


Image: Henry Sutton and the world's first portable radio receiver he designed and built

Roughly 45 years before John Logie Baird was credited with inventing television, Henry Sutton conceived of the technology to televise the Melbourne Cup to punters in his hometown of Ballarat.

Henry made and installed the first telephone and telephone system in Australia between his family's music stores and invented the first telephone handset. Henry's life long friend,  Alexander Graham Bell, came to Australia and visited Henry in 1910. He was also a friend of Nikola Tesla whom he met in London in 1892 and discussed all the possibilities of wireless telegraphy.

At age 14 he became the first documented Australian to experiment with the principles of flight, decades before Lawrence Hargraves; decades later he designed and built some of Australia's first cars, and the world's first documented front wheel drive vehicle.

These are just some of his inventions, yet few, if any Australians know of Henry Sutton.
Henry 's wireless inventions and contribution to wireless history has been uncovered and  will change Australian and world wireless history.

There are more revelations to come, which will require at least a revisiting of the history of technology and communications. This book will result in an acknowledgement of someone who declared that science belonged to everyone and all of humanity should benefit from it.

I have had great support for my book on 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.

Robyn Williams  -  ABC Radio National Science Show

Telsoc  - National Telecommunications Society and convenor of the annual Henry Sutton Oration.

In 2011  I was very grateful and fortunate to take part in a Henry Sutton special exhibition as centrepiece of the Ballarat Heritage Weekend.

ABC Ballarat  feature by Jarrod Watt on Henry Sutton and his involvement in radio for World Radio Day.

The money raised will be used for the final phase of production of the book which will include the following costs:

* editing
*layout
*design
*indexing
*printing
* publicity

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

Support and rewards

For donations of $1,000 to $2,000, An autographed copy of the book will be donated in the donor’s name, or the donor’s company or organisation’s name, to a High School of their choice.

For donations over $2,000,  an autographed copy of the book will be donated in the donor’s name, or the donor’s company or organisation’s name, to a High School of their choice, plus the donor or their company or organisation will have the unique privilege of being acknowledged in this very historic and important book.
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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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Posted by Lorayne Branch
7 months ago
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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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7 months ago
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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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8 months ago
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AMATEUR RADIO MAGAZINE ARTICLE, JULY ISSUE
The Wireless Institute of Australia has shown their support for my book and fundraising campaign in the July issue of Amateur Radio which is out now. There is a two page feature article on my book on Henry Sutton and my gofundme campaign. I want to acknowledge my appreciation of the help the WIA's historians Will McGhie and Peter Wolfenden have given me while I was researching and writing my book on Henry. I have included this screen shot of the article.
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$2,360 of $60k goal

Raised by 35 people in 8 months
Created June 5, 2016
Lorayne Branch  
KP
$100
Kevin Perrin
3 months ago

Happy to support this most important project

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
$50
CJ Williams
5 months ago
$20
Anonymous
5 months ago
$10
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5 months ago
LM
$10
Liam Mudge
5 months ago
JL
$20
John Luff
5 months ago
JF
$100
Jack Foley
5 months ago
PB
$20
Philip Blake
5 months ago
MS
$100
Mark Schubin
6 months ago

I really look forward to this book.

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