Hargraves Institute was founded to fulfill the aim of its founding members, which is to provide a collaborative forum and a source of knowledge in the area of innovation.
Following extensive discussions and collaboration with a core group of founding members, the Hargraves Institute was launched on 1 July 2006 as a member service organisation, registered as a Pty Ltd company whose service activities are guided by an Advisory Council consisting of one representative from each of the Member Advisory Council Organisations.
This Charter aims to articulate the Institute’s vision, purpose, service objectives and its promise to members, and define a code of conduct for the Institute, its staff and members.
In forming the Institute, the founding Executive Director and Founding Members took inspiration from one of Australia’s most accomplished inventors, Lawrence Hargrave.
Lawrence Hargrave was born in England in 1850. At the age of 15, he moved to Australia where his father became a Supreme Court judge. He developed an interest at an early age in the possibility of powered flight, building many model aeroplanes and kites. In 1893 he invented the cellular – or box – kite, earning himself a permanent place in the chronicles of aeronautics and aviation. He refused to patent his inventions, preferring them to benefit anybody who wished to use them.
Hargrave’s willingness to share his ideas with the world enabled others to achieve manned flight, and this principle of sharing and collaboration to advance knowledge is the corner stone of Hargraves Institute.