Story: Inventions, patents and trademarks

The Hamilton jet boat

This government newsreel from 1955 shows Bill Hamilton at the wheel of a speedboat powered by the jet propulsion unit he invented on his South Island high-country farm. In the 2000s the company set up to develop and market Hamilton's invention sold its products in 50 countries.

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Reference: Pictorial Parade 35. National Film Unit, 1955

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Mark Derby, 'Inventions, patents and trademarks - Transport inventions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

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