This website has been put together to honour Henry Sutton’s legacy and contribution to science and innovation. The information on the website has been compiled by his great grand-daughter Lorayne Branch.

Nikola Tesla once said “Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments”


In his lifetime Henry Sutton not only helped shape Ballarat’s history but also that of Australia and the world. Very few people have crossed as many scientific fields as Henry Sutton. His life’s work spanned all avenues of science and engineering and he stands alone in history as one of Australia’s first true men of science and innovation.

By age 26 Henry Sutton had won world acclaim and graced the world stage among the giants of the scientific world. He stood as an equal alongside such men as Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Although applauded around the world in his day for his remarkable achievements, Henry Sutton went largely unnoticed in Australia by his peers and the public. It is not until you begin to document, in one place, his enormous body of work that you start to gain the true picture and depth of his remarkable achievements. Henry Sutton’s inventions and contribution to science has been a part of the evolution of many inventions, including the light globe, telephone, battery, television and wireless technology all of which are now part of our everyday lives.


The Henry Sutton History Walk around the city of Ballarat can be enjoyed all year round by visitors to Ballarat and is a special highlight during Ballarat’s Heritage Festivals in May each year. The history walk booklets free to download via the link provided and booklets will be available at various venues mentioned in the history walk booklet. The booklets can also be obtained from the Ballarat Tourist Information Centre which is situated in the Ballarat Town Hall during the weeks of the Ballarat Heritage Festival from the 7th-30th May 2021.


By Jarrod Watt

As you walk around Ballarat take the time to listen to the podcast episodes about Henry Sutton and learn a little more about the amazing man.

Go to the Henry Sutton Facebook Page and keep up to date on all the Henry Sutton news and events.