Division Groups


Division engineering heritage groups are intimately involved at the State/Territory and local level in promoting the conservation of engineering heritage and in representing Engineers Australia on heritage matters. They:

  • identify items of engineering heritage, bring them to public notice and promote their recording on State and National registers
  • assist in archiving engineering documents
  • provide continuing education of the profession in engineering heritage e.g. conduct of engineering heritage conferences, seminars and workshops
  • are involved in educating the profession and community in the importance of engineering heritage and in recording its history
  • conduct the Australian Engineering Heritage Recognition Program
  • conduct Australian Oral History Program
  • participate in community events
  • conduct heritage walks, talks, lectures and site visits
  • produce and publish heritage publications
  • provide input into the heritage policies and procedures of State/Territory Governments and their authorities
  • provide advice and specialist knowledge on engineering heritage matters
  • interface with the community and heritage organisations to ensure the role of the engineering profession is adequately represented
  • represent Engineers Australia on government and other heritage committees.

For further information on each of the Division Heritage Groups please see below:


About Engineering Heritage Newcastle

The Engineering Heritage Committee is committed to recording the heritage items of the Newcastle Division, be they structures, relics, or the stories of engineers who have contributed to the engineering history of the Division.

Inner Newcastle Heritage Walk


Newcastle as we now know it was shaped by the mining, transporting and loading of coal, commencing with the first convict settlement in 1804. Engineers Australia, through its group Engineering Heritage Australia (Newcastle), has been active in recording, researching and conserving the engineering heritage of Newcastle to allow engineers and the community to appreciate the built environment in which we live and work.

The link below sets out some of the heritage in an easy walk around the central business district.

Inner Newcastle Heritage Walk



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About Engineering Heritage Canberra

We are a small group operating within the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia to recognise and celebrate engineering heritage in the Canberra region and nationally through EHA.

Our objectives include informing and educating engineers about our engineering heritage, and promoting public awareness and understanding of the key role that engineers and engineering have played in the development of our nation and the national capital.

We encourage and organise participation by engineers in identifying the steps in the progressive development of engineering within Australia and in recording details of notable engineering works and engineers.

This is undertaken by the presentation of engineering heritage to the public through books, papers, conferences, exhibitions, museums, tours and land marking programs. The evaluation, protection and conservation of engineering heritage items and records are an important part of our role.

Heritage Works

We have recognised a range of places from a historic timber bridge, and Canberra’s foundation services which are of particular local interest, to nationally important places and internationally significant space age centers and a historical collection. They can be viewed on the Engineering Heritage Recognition Database at https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/portal/heritage/search on Canberra Division or individually by name.

Self Drive Tour 

Books on Canberra’s Engineering Heritage

Canberra's Engineering Heritage (second edition) 

Chair: Philip Willis

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About Engineering Heritage Northern

The group is active in the Northern Territory and we always welcome new members to attend our events. If you would like to join the Northern group, we encourage you to get in touch with us.



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About Engineering Heritage Queensland

We are a group interested in the important contribution that engineering has made to the history of Australia.

We are keen to identify and promote the conservation and future use of significant historic engineering works and sites.

We look after the heritage commitments and interests of Engineers Australia within Queensland.

We are EHQ or Engineering Heritage Australia (Queensland).

EHQ is part of Engineering Heritage Australia, a key Interest Group of Engineers Australia. EHQ has representatives on the Brisbane City Council Heritage Advisory Committee, the Ipswich Heritage Consultative Committee, the Queensland Energy Museum, the Telstra Museum.

  • We have a program with lectures, visits and other activities.
  • We conduct a recognition program for historic engineering works.
  • We run an oral history program and keep biographies.
  • We have a modest specialist library of books, papers and video materials.
  • We maintain an archive of the significant records of the Queensland Division.
  • We conduct guided walks and we produce guide booklets and publish books.
  • We may be contacted for help with engineering heritage or history matters.

Anyone with an interest in the history or heritage of engineering is very welcome to join us.

We are always on the lookout for people to join our archiving group which meets every Monday morning in the Whitmore Room on the 2nd floor of Engineering House. COVID-19 UPDATE:  Meetings are being held online, please contact us at this email address if you wish to join.

Inner Brisbane Heritage Walk

Heritage and conservation engineering

Do you have the skills and interest to be a Heritage and Conservation Engineer?

Accreditation is available for professional engineers competent in this field, and for those where heritage and conservation engineering is a significant area of their professional practice.

EHQ meetings

Meetings of the Heritage Committee are held Level 9, 340 Adelaide Street, Brisbane on the second Monday of each month. They commence at 12.30pm and a light lunch is available at the meeting. New members are always welcome on the Committee. COVID-19 UPDATE: Meetings are being held via VC.  Please email if you are interested in attending.

Chair: Andrew Barnes

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About Engineering Heritage Western Australia

Engineers have played an essential role in the historical development of Western Australia, overcoming the challenges of distance, remoteness, and politics to deliver many world-leading engineering achievements.  Over 26 sites in Western Australia have been formally recognised for their engineering heritage significance. Prominent sites include the Goldfields Water Supply, NASA Space Tracking Station Carnarvon, Pilbara Heavy Haul Railways, North West Shelf Natural Gas Project, Broome to Java Submarine Telegraph Cable, Perth Causeway Bridges and the Rottnest Island World War II coastal defence facilities. A full list of recognised sites in WA and across the country is available here.

What does Engineering Heritage Western Australia do?

Engineering Heritage WA (EHWA) is a multi-disciplinary group of engineers, delivering a program of activities to ensure our engineering heritage is widely valued and appropriately conserved. The group aims to focus attention on the role played by engineers and engineering in the development of the state and to support the documentation and physical conservation of Western Australia’s important engineering heritage works and sites. 

To achieve this, we develop ways by which members of Engineers Australia and the general public can access and comprehend the rich engineering heritage of WA.  Our activities include:

  • Sharing the stories of WA’s past engineering achievements to inspire the engineers of today and tomorrow to continue to build on that legacy;
  • Identifying, researching and providing advice on the conservation of places and items of engineering and industrial heritage, including sites, structures, artefacts, and photos;
  • Capturing the oral histories of eminent engineers to understand their contribution to WA’s development, and learn how the role of engineers has changed – or not – over the years; and
  • Supporting heritage and conservation engineers to become nationally registered and maintain their continuing development through training and education programs.

How can I get involved?

Search the database of Engineering Heritage Markers to find out where you can see WA’s engineering heritage sites and learn more about the stories behind them.

The EHWA group is seeking engineers of all disciplines to help support our activities. Your contribution, large or small, is important to ensure WA’s engineering heritage continues to be valued and conserved.  The committee meets regularly each month at the WA Division Office in West Perth.

To ask a question, suggest a site or item of engineering heritage interest, or to offer to help with the group’s activities, please contact us by email or contact the WA Division office.


About Engineering Heritage Victoria

Engineering Heritage Victoria (EHV) is a special interest group of the Victoria Division of the Institution of Engineers (Australia) and Engineers Australia. Our role is to promote the achievements of engineers.

EHV conducts a range of events. Through our Guest Speakers' Program, we host five or six talks each year on specific aspects of the history and heritage of engineering. Regular trips and site-visits are conducted. All events are advertised in the EHV Newsletter and on this website.

Membership of EHV is free and open to any interested person. You do not need to be an engineer nor a member of the Institution of Engineers. To join, send an email to [email protected]. You will receive meeting notices, newsletters and notification of events. At present, we average slightly more than one email sent out per month.

Engineering Heritage Victoria operates through a Committee. Day to day matters are in the hands of the Chairman assisted when necessary by an executive committee.

Heritage Recognition Program

The Engineering Heritage Recognition Program, originally known as the Australian Historic Engineering Plaque Program, was established in 1984 as a means of bringing public recognition to engineering works of historic or heritage significance and to the engineers who created them.

The aims of the program are also to encourage the conservation of Australian engineering heritage, and to raise community awareness of engineering and the benefits it provides.

National Engineering Heritage Landmarks in Victoria

Engineering works and items in Victoria, already awarded National Engineering Landmarks include:

CSIRAC Computer
1949-1964 Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC Jul 2004

Dartmouth Dam
1979 Mitta Mitta River, VIC Apr 2005

The Engineering Works of the River Murray
1922- Murray River, from Hume Dam, NSW/VIC to Blanchetown, SA Oct 2001

Hume Dam
1936 Murray River, NSW/VIC Apr 2005

Sale Swing Bridge
1883 Latrobe River, Sale, VIC Nov 2009

Engineering Heritage Markers in Victoria

Engineering works and items in Victoria, already awarded Historic Engineering Markers include:

Bendigo Gas Works
1860-1973 Weeroona Ave, Bendigo, VIC Sep 1995

Cassilis Hydro-Electric Scheme
1908 Victoria River, near Omeo, VIC Nov 2008

The Furphy Water Cart
1878- Wyndah Street, Shepparton, VIC Oct 1985

McKay Smithy
1885 Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC Oct 1985

Spotswood Pumping Station
1897-1965 Scienceworks, Museum of Victoria, Spotswood, VIC Apr 1994

State Library Dome
1911 State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC Aug 2004

Swan Hill - Murray River Road Bridge
1896 Swan Hill, Murray River, VIC/NSW May 2004

Port of Sale and Sale Navigation Canal
1883 Latrobe River, Sale, VIC Nov 2009

Further information on the Engineering Heritage Recognition Program can be obtained by email enquiry to [email protected]

Cassilis Hydro-Electric Scheme 1908

The Institution of Engineers (Australia) and Engineering Heritage Australia (EHA) recently gave engineering heritage recognition to the Cassilis Hydro-electric Scheme (near Omeo in Eastern Victoria). A ceremony to unveil a Heritage Engineering Marker took place on Friday 14 November 2008 at the Victoria River Falls Historic Area.

The plaque was unveiled by Mr Craig Ingram MP, Member for Gisppsland East. A tour of the remnants of the hydro scheme was conducted on Friday afternoon. In the evening, John McCutchan gave an illustrated talk on the operation of the mine, treatment works and hydro-electric power plant.

Photographs used in the talk were provided by courtesy of onetime Cassilis mine engineer, Mr John Avery (whose grandson attended the event). On the following day, tours of the Cassilis Treatment Works and the site of the King Cassilis Treatment Plant were conducted.

Download the presentation in PDF format

Further details of the Cassilis and the HEM Unveiling Ceremony are available via http://www.omeo.org.au (courtesy of Graeme Deveson and the Omeo Historical Society). The event was given substantial support by Parks Victoria and the Omeo Historical Society.

Historical article about Cassilis - download here

Further information on the event or the pioneering achievements commemorated can be obtained by email enquiry to [email protected].

Engineering Works in Victoria

Many very significant engineering works were undertaking in Victoria, both to serve the Metropolitan area of Melbourne, and to serve the development of the Colony, the State, and the Nation.


Lists of key and major engineering works in chronological order are in preparation.

Your contributions to these lists would be appreciated.

  • Pre 1834 Before European settlement.
  • 1834 - 1851 Early settlement.
  • 1852 - 1860 Rapid developments after separation from NSW and the discovery of gold.
  • 1860 - 1895 The booms and busts that followed.
  • 1888 - 1914 National developments leading up to, and following, Federation in 1901.
  • 1914 - 1950 Boom and bust between the Wars.
  • 1950 - 1975 Post War developments to serve mass migrations from Britain, Europe and Asia.
  • 1975 - Today Consolidation and renewal.

Engineering Works by Discipline

Lists of key and major engineering works by industry / discipline are in preparation. Your contributions to these lists would be appreciated.

Roads and Bridges Buildings Water Supply
Irrigation and Drainage Ports and Harbours Sewerage
Fortifications and Defence Manufacturing Mining
Railways Tramways Electricity
Gas Supply Aviation Telegraph / Telephones / Radio
Environment Electronics and Computers  


  • 1888 - The Australian Building, Melbourne - Demolished 19??
  • 1912 - Dennys Lascelles Austin Wool Store, Geelong - E.G. Stone Demolished 19??
  • 1913 - State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
  • 1969 - Park Towers, South Melbourne - W.P.Brown & Assoc.
  • 1985 - Rialto Towers, Melbourne

Water Supply

  • 1853 Eastern Hill Water Tank - James Blackburn - Relocated to Werribee
  • 1857 Yan Yean Dam - James Blackburn - Upgraded 2001
  • 1857 Pipeline to Melbourne - James Blackburn
  • 1874 Lower Stony Creek Dam, Geelong - George Gordon
  • 1884 Toorourrong Dam, Whittlesea
  • 1927 Maroondah Dam, Healesville
  • 1929 Silvan Dam

Irrigation & Drainage

Key and major Irrigation engineering works

  • 1887 Goulburn Weir Near Nagambie
  • 1915 River Murray Waters Act
  • 1924 Eildon Dam (1) 'Sugarloaf Dam' Replaced 1950s
  • 1936 Hume Dam
  • 1939 Yarrawonga Weir
  • 1950 Eildon Dam (2)
  • 1980 Dartmouth Dam

Key and major Drainage engineering works

  • 1890s Koo Wee Rup Swamp

Ports & Harbours

  • 1860s Port of Echuca, Murray River
  • 1860s Alfred Graving Dock, Melbourne
  • 1870s Lakes Entrance, Gippsland Lakes
  • 1886 Coode Canal, Melbourne
  • 1892 Victoria Dock, Melbourne
  • 1960 Portland Breakwater


  • 1868 Melbourne Meat Preserving Company, Pipemakers Park
  • 1888 Yarra Falls Roller Mills Water-turbine powered mill, at Dight's Falls
  • 1911 Hume's Pipe Making, Pipemakers Park


  • 1854 Sandridge Line Flinders Street - Port Melbourne Falls Bridge, Station Pier First railway in Victoria. First steam railway in Australia. Converted to Light Rail 1990s
  • 1857 St.Kilda Line Flinders Street - St.Kilda Converted to Light Rail 1990s
  • 1857 Geelong - Newport Geelong Station. Railway Pier Geelong
  • 1859 Spencer Street - Williamstown Embankment, Saltwater Bridge & Railway Pier
  • 1859 Spencer Street - Sunbury
  • 1859 Windsor Branch Line St.Kilda - Windsor - Brighton St.Kilda - Windsor closed 1862
  • 1859 Flinders Street - Richmond
  • 1860 Richmond - Windsor Cremorne Bridge
  • 1861 Richmond - Hawthorn Hawthorn Railway Bridge 1855/1861
  • 1862 Geelong - Ballarat Moorabool Viaduct
  • 1862 Sunbury - Bendigo / Castlemaine Sunbury, Jacksons, Malmsbury, Taradale Viaducts. Ravenswood Bridge. Big Hill Tunnel, Elphinstone Tunnel
  • 1864 Bendigo - Echuca Rochester Bridge. Murray River Bridge
  • 1872 Spencer Street - Longwood Goulburn River Bridge, Seymour
  • 1873 Longwood - Wodonga Benalla, Wangaratta Bridges
  • 1875 Castlemaine - Maryborough - Clunes - Ballarat
  • 1875 Ballarat - Ararat
  • 1876 Deniliquin - Moama/Echuca NSW Private. VR from 1923
  • 1877 Ararat - Portland
  • 1877 Melbourne - Sale
  • 1881 (Sydney - Albury)
  • 1883 Wodonga - Albury (Completing Melbourne - Sydney)
  • 1887 Ararat - Servicetown (Completing Melbourne - Adelaide)
  • 1889 Melbourne - Ballarat Melton Viaduct 1886, Bacchus Marsh Loop
  • 1890 Ballarat - Heathcote Mollisons and Handfords Timber Viaducts
  • 1893 Outer Circle Railway Yarra Bridge 1890 at Fairfield Closed 1929 - now Chandler Highway
  • 1900 Ferntree Gully - Gembrook Narrow Gauge. Horseshoe Bridge 1899
  • 1916 Sale - Bairnsdale Avon River Bridge, Stratford.
  • 1916 Bairnsdale - Orbost Nicholson River Bridge. Nowa Nowa Bridge.
  • 1919 Wodonga - Cudgewa Timber Viaducts
  • 1919 Noojee Noojee Timber Viaduct - Rebuilt 1939
  • 1923 Deniliquin Line NSW Run by VR from 1923
  • 1924 Hume Weir deviations Constructed by VR
  • 1926 Balranald Line Constructed by VR
  • 1928 Kerang - Stony Crossing Constructed by VR
  • 1962 Standard Gauge: Melbourne - Albury

Malmsbury Railway Viaduct

Constructed 1861 - 1862. The largest stone bridge in Victoria.
One of Australia's finest early bridges.

Railway Viaduct, Malmsbury VIC Constructed as part of the nationally significant Melbourne - Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway, the Malmsbury Railway Viaduct is itself an outstanding engineering work.

Constructed of rusticated and finely dressed bluestone, it is the largest masonry bridge in Victoria, and when completed in 1862, it was Australia's longest stone bridge.

This magnificent bridge has five 18.3 metre spans, is about 25 metres high, and carries two railway tracks over the Coliban River at Malmsbury. It is still one of Australia's finest early bridges.

The initial design of the Melbourne - Mount Alexander and Murry River Railway is credited to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The line was designed with two broad gauge tracks, high speed alignments, cutting through the landscape, and double headed rail.

The viaduct was erected by Cornish and Bruce for the Victorian Railways in 1859. The railway viaduct crosses over the Coliban River, which is dammed upstream to provide the headworks for the Bendigo Water Supply.


VicRoads Map 59 G5 and VicRoads Map 288 G3 Malmsbury

The bridge is accessible from Ellesmere Place, which is on the south, or left, side of the Calder Highway coming from Melbourne. View the viaduct by either walking through the park to the Lake, or from the southern end of Ellesmere Place.

Further References

Harrigan, L., Victorian Railways to '62 (Victorian Railways Public Relations and Betterment Board, Melbourne, 1962)



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About Engineering Heritage Sydney

Engineering Heritage Sydney is a volunteer sub-committee of Engineers Australia - Sydney Division. The 20 or so committee members' interests pertain to the conservation of the technical and engineered part of our historical Australian culture.

The heritage committee promotes and encourages the conservation of engineered works, structures and artefacts to government, public institutions, engineers in general and the community. The committee, through its members, advises on numerous heritage aspects related to buildings, structures, bridges, roads, factories, machinery and various other engineered works and items in Sydney and NSW.


  • Encourage engineers to value the preservation and conservation of significant engineering knowledge and works.
  • Offer pragmatic, practical advice to conserve significant engineering knowledge, works and artefacts.
  • Disseminate to others the federal and state legislation requirements in regards to heritage items and sites with an emphasis on the engineered works.


When : First Wednesday of the month

Where : EA Sydney Division Boardroom

Level 3, 8 Thomas St. Chatswood NSW 2067

Time : 5:00pm-7:00pm

All guests and members are welcome.
Members and non-members of Engineers Australia are welcome to join the committee.

Construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge DVD

In 1930, as the two halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge reached towards each other, Henri Mallard, a Sydney photographer, began filming the construction of the bridge. Allowed access to all areas of the site, Mallard filmed virtually every stage of the building process.

This original black & white silent movie has been copied to DVD with commentary by Frank Litchfield, one of the supervising engineers. This historic recording together with other bridge celebrations is available as a 45 minute DVD and can be obtained from Engineers Australia.

Engineers Australia also has the original Henri Mallard film on Beta-cam tape and makes it available for commercial use to film makers and advertisers. The film is available at negotiable commercial rates.

View price list

To order Contact: Lea Howard

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 02 9410 5627



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About Engineering Heritage Tasmania

Engineering Heritage Tasmania (EHT) runs heritage recognition and oral history programs and occasional heritage lectures.  EHT also maintains a digital library and archives of engineering works, biographies of engineers, photographs and technical papers, including some searchable databases which can be accessed by contacting the Tasmania Division.

Oral History Program

Senior engineers who have had interesting careers are interviewed and each interview is recorded so that their experiences can be shared with present and future generations.

Brief biographies and tape logs are produced; occasionally transcripts are typed out. Tapes are held at the Tasmania Division office and are also lodged with Archives Tasmania.

Engineers interviewed include:

  • Gordon Colebatch, Chief Civil Engineer, Hydro-Electric Commission
  • Peter Crawford, City Engineer, Hobart City Council
  • Morrie Cropp, Consulting Engineer, Devonport
  • Bernard Donnelly, Director, Public Works Department
  • Jack Edwards, Chief Engineer & General Manager, Port of Launceston Authority
  • Michael Fitzpatrick, Asst General Manager Engineering, Hydro-Electric Commission
  • Peter Greenwood, National President, Engineers Australia
  • Richard Gumley, Chairman, Global Lightning Technologies Group
  • Fred Lakin, Plant Engineer, Public Works Department
  • Professor Arch Oliver, Civil & Mechanical Engineering, University of Tasmania
  • Ralph Rallings, Geotechnical Engineer, Roads Pavements
  • Peter Schultze, Electrical Engineer, Mt Lyell Mining & Railway Co.
  • Robert Sharp, Director, Public Works Department
  • Charles Smith, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Tasmanian Government Railways
  • David Sugden, Tunnel Boring Machine consultant
  • Allen Wilson, Engineer, Dept of Main Roads

The tapes have been digitised and lodged with the State Library. Later in 2019 they will be available to listen to on the State Library website.

Sullivans Cove Engineering Heritage Walk

The Engineering Heritage Walk describes a walking trail around Sullivans Cove, highlighting early engineering projects, buildings and machinery that have become part of Tasmania’s heritage. A pamphlet is available from the Hobart Tourist Information Centre and the Engineers Australia Tasmania Division office. It includes a map of the route starting from the Royal Engineers Building and ending at the Ordnance Buildings on Castray Esplanade.

Guide: SullivansCoveEngineeringHeritageWalk

Heritage Recognition Program

Since 1984 Engineers Australia has been recognising important historic engineering works with the award of distinctive markers.There are two levels of awards.

Until 2009, the awards were called National Engineering Landmarks (NELs) for works of national significance, and Historic Engineering Marker (HEMs) for works of lesser significance. The plaques were made of bronze and the wording described the work, the engineers involved and the heritage significance. The awards are given out at a formal ceremony.

The nomenclature and the design of the awards changed in 2009. The awards are now called Engineering Heritage National Markers (EHNMs) and Engineering Heritage Markers (EHMs). Each award consists of a circular metal disk, either EHNM or EHM, together with a large interpretation panel telling the story of the work in words, photographs and drawings. In 2012 a new category of Engineering Heritage International Marker (EHIM) was introduced.

27 sites in Tasmania have received awards, including six at the national level.

For a map of Tasmania showing the location of the historic engineering works click below:

Engineering Marker Locations, Tasmania

International Markers

West Coast Wilderness Railway (1896, 2000)
Download the fact sheet

National Markers

Boyer Newsprint Mill (1941)
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Cethana Dam (completed in 1971)
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Electrolytic Zinc Works (1916)
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Gordon Dam (1974)
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Hobart's Floating Bridge (1943)
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Red Bridge at Campbell Town (1838)
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Ross Bridge (1836)
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Waddamana A Power Station (1916)
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Heritage Markers

Catagunya Dam (1962)
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Crotty Dam (1991)
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Devils Gate Dam (1969)
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Duck Reach Power Scheme (1895-1956)
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Evandale to Launceston Water Supply Scheme (1836)
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Kings Bridge (1864)
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Lake Margaret Power Scheme (1914)
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Laughing Jack Dam (1957)
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Launceston Water Supply (1857)
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McNaught Beam Engine (1854)
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Miena Dam No. 2 (1922)
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Richmond Bridge (1825)
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Scotts Peak Dam (1973)
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Tarraleah Hydro-Electric Development (1938)
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Tasmania Gold Mine (1877-1914)
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Tasmanian Transport Museum (1972)
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Vincents Rivulet Bridge (1932)
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Colin Crisp Heritage Award

A national award made biennially by the Board of Engineering Heritage Australia for the best recent engineering heritage project. The award is presented at the next national heritage conference.

Tasmanian projects have won this award three times:

The inaugural award in 2005 was won by the West Coast Wilderness Railway which arose from the restoration of the original Abt Railway, built by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company in 1896 between the port of Strahan and the mine at Queenstown. The Abt rack system enables the locomotives to climb two steep grades of 1 in 16 and 1 in 20 on the line.

The 2011 award was won by Hydro Tasmania for the restoration of the Lake Margaret Power Schemes originally constructed by the Mt Lyell Mining and Railway Company in 1917 and 1931 to supply the mine, initially to avoid the ever increasing cost of obtaining firewood.

The 2013 Award was won by the Department of State Growth for the vibration monitoring installation on the Richmond Bridge, a seven span masonry bridge built in 1825 and still in service. The system detects and photographs vehicles which cause accelerations in the bridge structure above the set threshold.

Find out more about the Colin Crisp Award

Awards of Merit

These awards are made from time to time by the Board of Engineering Heritage Australia to recognise the significant contributions of individuals to the conservation of engineering heritage.

Seven Tasmanians have received an Award of Merit:

Henry McFie (2003)
Henry founded Engineering Heritage Tasmania and actively contributed to its heritage records.

Keith Drewitt (2004)
Keith was Chair of the Engineering Heritage Tasmania committee for 18 years and conducted many heritage recognition ceremonies.

Dick van der Molen (2005)
Dick conducted the Engineering Heritage Tasmania Oral History Program for several years.

Lindsay Whitham (2006)
Lindsay researched and written 18 papers on heritage topics for publication by the Tasmanian Historical Research Association.

Peter Spratt (2009)
Peter is a heritage engineer who has carried out countless innovative repairs and restorations of heritage buildings.

Tony Lee (2011)
Tony has been the Secretary of the Engineering Heritage Tasmania committee since 2007 and organises its heritage lecture program.

Bruce Cole (2015)
Bruce has been a National Board member of EHA since 2000, Chairman of EHA 2003-04, Chairman of EHT since 2006 and led the organising committee at the 16th Engineering Heritage Conference in Hobart in 2011.

Engineering Heritage Tasmania Committee 2019

Chair: Ian Cooper

Vice Chair: Bruce Cole

Secretary: Bob Taaffe

Committee meetings are held on every second month of the year at the Division Office.

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