Engineering Heritage Tasmania

The Tasmania branch of Engineering Heritage Australia.

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.


Bruce Cole FIEAust CPEng(Ret)

Vice Chair
Ian Cooper FIEAust CPEng(Ret)

Tony Lee AMIEAust CPEng NER

Ben Johnston MIEAust

Chris Martin MIEAust CPEng NER

Peter Spratt AM FIEAust

Formal committee meetings are held quarterly, but some members meet every Thursday at the Engineers Australia Tasmania Division office in Hobart.

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

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 Landmarks (EHNLs) and Engineering Heritage Markers (EHMs). Each award consists of a circular metal disk, either EHNL or EHM, together with a large interpretation panel telling the story of the work in words, photographs and drawings.

Twenty-four 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

Boyer Newsprint Mill (1941)
Download the fact sheet

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

National Markers

Cethana Dam (completed in 1971)

Electrolytic Zinc Works (1916)

Gordon Dam (1974)

Hobart's Floating Bridge (1943)
Download the fact sheet

Ross Bridge (1836)
Ross BridgePlaque_Jan07

Waddamana A Power Station (1916)

Heritage Markers

Catagunya Dam (1962)

Crotty Dam (1991)

Devils Gate Dam (1969)

Duck Reach Power Scheme (1895-1956)

Evandale to Launceston Water Supply Scheme (1836)

Kings Bridge (1864)

Lake Margaret Power Scheme (1914)
Lake MargaretPowerSchemePlaque_Jan08

Laughing Jack Dam (1957)

Launceston Water Supply (1857)

McNaught Beam Engine (1854)

Miena Dam No. 2 (1922)

Richmond Bridge (1825)

Scotts Peak Dam (1973)

Tarraleah Hydro-Electric Development (1938)

Tasmania Gold Mine (1877-1914)

Tasmanian Transport Museum (1972)

Vincents Rivulet Bridge (1932)

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 twice:

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.

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.

Contact us

Engineers Australia, Tasmania Division
(03) 6218 1901
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