The development of ‘Coolamon’ started in 2002 when John Maltzahn and a friend developed a beach cart called ‘Sandtrakka’. ‘Sandtrakka’ was featured on the ABC’s ‘ The New Inventors’ in 2004. John then developed a cheap and cheerful beach cart called ‘Beachbarra’ - see video.
After a five year stint as the Technical Manager of a large supplier of children's nursery products – cots, strollers, highchairs, portacots etc, John decided to add a baby seat to the beach cart concept – this created 'Coolamon'.
Australian standard AS/NZS 2088: 2009
John is a retired civil engineer with a 2 ½ year old great grand-daughter.
The name ‘Coolamon’ is an Australian aboriginal word for a hand crafted wooden dish which is used by Aboriginal women when gathering bush tucker, transporting water or carrying a baby. NOTE: 'Coolamon' is a working/temporary name. In use until the perfect name is suggested. The feedback page provides an opportunity to win a 'Coolamon' by submitting the perfect new name.