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
- Richard Muncey MIEAust CPEng(Ret) – Deputy Chair
- Mervyn Lindsay FIEAust CPEng NER – immediate past Chair
- Robert Taaffe FIEAust
- Angelo Arulanandam MIEAust CPEng (Ret)
- Philip Willis FIEAust CPEng(Ret)
- Tony Majoram FIEAust
- Richard Baird MIEAust CPEng(Ret)
- Eamon Madden FIEAust CPEng
- Ben Skerman MIEAust CPEng NER
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 3, edition 2
This edition looks at the Towrang Bridge and Culverts, Avalon Airshow, the Lithgow Small Arms Factory and Museum, and a Melbourne Docklands cargo crane.
EHA Magazine, Volume 3, edition 3
This edition looks at the electrification of Melbourne’s railways, Gladesville Bridge, the Beirut to Tripoli Railway, Honeysuckle Creek and the moon landings, and lighting the streets with electricity.
EHA Magazine, volume 3, edition 4
This edition covers the Nowra Bridge across the Shoalhaven River, Concrete Pontoon at Circular Quay and the Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference 2020.
EHA Magazine, volume 3, edition 5
This edition explores saving Western Australia’s engineering history, seven of Melbourne’s tramway substations, the Sniders & Abrahams Building and making photo archives accessible.
EHA Magazine, volume 3, edition 6
This edition introduces the winners of the 2019 Colin Crisp Awards, takes a look back at Australia’s pioneer real radio man and the inventor of the famous tilting pad thrust bearing.