Story: Inventions, patents and trademarks

Richard Pearse

Richard Pearse

The eccentric Temuka farmer Richard Pearse was New Zealand’s most remarkable inventor. This 2009 cartoon by Murray Webb shows Pearse ploughing while reading a book on how birds fly. The aircraft he invented and may have flown in 1903 appears over his head.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Murray Webb

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Mark Derby, 'Inventions, patents and trademarks - Transport inventions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Feb 2015