The Institute of Backyard Studies hailed Henry Hoke as an unsung, inventive genius whose work could have revolutionised the modern world.
Throughout much of the twentieth century, in an isolated workshop on a dusty windswept plain, Henry Hoke laboured to conceive a string of dazzling inventions that, to this day, still defy the imagination. When it was published in 2006, Henry Hoke’s Guide to the Misguided revealed the astonishing history of Australia’s greatest unrecognized inventor. The slightly prestigious Institute of Backyard Studies credited Henry with the invention of the waterproof tap, wooden magnet, long weight and dehydrated water pills. It is Hoke’s Random Excuse Generator, however, that remains his most illustrious and somewhat disturbing invention.
In 2010 further research brought to light Henry’s enormous contributions to shipping and indeed Port Adelaide from the development of fog horn tuning pipes to the waterproof shoreline The SA Maritime Museum and Institute of Backyard Studies presented a path-breaking exhibition that revealed the depth of Hoke’s nautical background and close ties to the Port.
View a video of the exhibition here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OyT0ZIphhM