Engineering Heritage Australia

Australia’s engineering heritage is important because only by understanding how things were done in the past can we improve on and design better for ourselves and future generations.

All around us are engineered structures, processes and products which support our modern society. Everything from the water supply, our sewerage systems, electrical grids, internet, telephone, clothing and processed foods are the result of engineering. Whether the products themselves or the production facilities which create them, almost everything we use has its origins in engineering.

Our work

Engineering Heritage Australia (EHA) groups operate in every state and territory of Australia. These groups are involved at the local level, promoting the conservation of engineering heritage and in representing Engineers Australia on heritage matters. EHA performs an important work by:

  • Providing advice and specialist knowledge on engineering heritage matters including representing Engineers Australia on government and other heritage committees.
  • Providing input into the heritage policies and procedures of state and territory governments and their authorities.
  • Identifying items of engineering heritage, bringing them to public notice and requesting they be recorded on state and national registers.
  • Providing continuing education to the profession about the importance of engineering heritage via conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Managing the Australian engineering heritage recognition program and the heritage conference program.
  • Facilitating an Australian oral history program.
  • Conducting heritage walks, talks, lectures and site visits.
  • Producing and publishing heritage publications including the EHA Magazine.
  • Serving as an interface between the community and heritage organisations to ensure the role of the engineering profession is adequately represented.
  • Assisting in archiving engineering documents.


EHA is run by a volunteer national committee. Current members are:

  • Michael Taylor FIEAust CPEng(Ret) – Chair
  • Eamon Madden FIEAust CPEng – Deputy Chair
  • Richard Baird MIEAust CPEng(Ret)
  • Barry Finlay FIEAust CPEng(Ret)
  • Mervyn Lindsay FIEAust CPEng NER 
  • Richard Muncey MIEAust CPEng(Ret)
  • Ian Newnham FIEAust CPEng NER
  • Samuel Pike MIEAust CPEng 
  • Ben Skerman MIEAust CPEng NER
  • Robert Taaffe FIEAust
  • Philip Willis FIEAust CPEng(Ret)

Learning and events

Engineering heritage groups in each state and territory deliver CPD to Engineers Australia members and guests with online and in-person training and events.

Visit our learning and events page to see a full list of available CPD opportunities and events.


We have two engineering heritage awards, the John Monash Medal and the Colin Crisp Award. The Colin Crisp Award is presented at the biennial Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference.

Engage with us

Join EAXchange to view our resources, heritage information and publications. You can also network with other technical society members on this interactive forum.

Email us or call 1300 653 113 if you have any questions.

Related groups

The Newcomen Society

Our publications

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Engineering Heritage Australia | June 2014

EHA Magazine, volume 1, edition 3

This edition covers the dawn of early railways in Australia, a report on the EHA Heritage Recognition Program, and Roman concrete. 

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Engineering Heritage Australia | September 2014

EHA Magazine, volume 1, edition 4

This edition looks at an unusual concrete bridge in Queensland, a great Australian invention, the B–24 Liberator Bomber and the Werribee Hangar, and the Sydney Harbour control tower.

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Engineering Heritage Australia | December 2014

EHA Magazine, volume 1, edition 5

This edition includes 100 years of the HS Taylor Header Harvester, the construction of the Bairnsdale to Orbost Railway, and John Monash's innovative bridge designs. 

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Engineering Heritage Australia | March 2015

EHA Magazine, volume 1, edition 6

This edition covers Lake Burley Griffin on the Molonglo River, the Mullumbimby NSW Hydro–Electricity Scheme, the construction of Melbourne’s sewerage system, and Hong Kong's Tai Tam Waterworks Heritage Trail. 

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Engineering Heritage Australia | June 2015

EHA Magazine, volume 1, edition 7

This edition explores the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence, the Great Melbourne Telescope, Stawell Water Supply, and John Monash’s earliest pier and girder concrete bridge.