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And now for something completely different... how a journalist became a highly successful inventor of a woodworking machine.

Former ABC journalist, George Lewin shot to prominence in 1976 at the age of 27 when his Triton workbench featured on ABC TV’s The Inventors program. The day after the show there were more than 1,000 orders and retailers clamoring for stock. Triton Workcentres became ubiquitous in the garages of home hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts, contributing to the development of a company that employed over 100 staff with annual turnovers in excess of $20m. More than 350,000 Triton Workcentres plus two million accessory products were sold in the 20 years that George lived and breathed the company before he negotiated the biggest deal of his life to sell the company to Hills Industries in 2000.

Startup stories like George’s are always unique and have common threads of lessons learned along the way. The University of Newcastle is delighted to welcome George, a recipient of an honorary doctorate, back to Newcastle and invite you to join us to hear from this giant of Australian invention.