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.
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.
Engage with us
Join EA Exchange to view our resources, heritage information and publications. You can also network with other technical society members on this interactive forum.
Visit our Awards page to learn more about Engineering Heritage Australia Awards.
Email us or call 1300 653 113 if you have any questions.
EHA Magazine, volume 4, edition 2
This edition covers the 90th birthday of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the refugee aeronautical engineer Fred David, the mysterious Bradfield Cylinder, and A Crossley Model XA gas engine at Swift’s Creek.
EHA Magazine, volume 4, edition 3
This edition covers the Engineering Heritage of the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, the Amiens Gun from World War 1 and CSIRO’s Parkes Telescope.
EHA Magazine, volume 4, edition 4
This edition includes the Duck Reach Hydroelectric Power Scheme, Harris Creek Railway Bridge, Catalina PBY Flying Boats and the Belconnen Naval Transmitter Station.
Engineers Australia submission to the Audit Office of NSW
Engineering Heritage Australia call on the Audit Office of NSW to address an imbalance in NSW state significant items to include all forms of heritage, movable and immovable and tangible and intangible from all eras.
Evaluation of engineering heritage
The purpose of this practice note is to provide engineers and others with essential background information on the assessment of the engineering heritage significance of an item or work.