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The National Archives UK has a large number of Audio Clips available for download. Worth looking at are :
God’s Wonderful Railway : an audio presentation about the GWR and its engineer – IK Brunel.
The Parish (administration &
records) : Originating in the
Visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk and navigate to “Latest Podcasts”. The Audio Clip (MP3 format) should be downloadable from the site.
Ruth Belville – The Greenwich Time Lady :
A fascinating Audio Clip about the conveying of accurate “time” around the businesses of London from 1892 until the Second World War. You can listen online or download the MP3 Clip at http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/02/2006_08_fri.shtml
The latest book by
Dr Brian E Lloyd (Past National President – Institution of Engineers (
Challenge winner : The
To commemorate the Centenary of the Ford Model T, the
Ford Company issued a global challenge for the design of a Model T for the 21st
Century. The award has been won by a
multi-faculty team of students from
Past Guest Speakers' Program sessions ...
“John Monash - engineering a business” (21 August 2008)
A business-oriented look at Monash's engineering prior to WWI via chronology and themes. Aspects included acquisition of knowledge and experience; partnership with JTN Anderson; formation of companies in Victoria and South Australia; products; competitive edge; intellectual property; financial backing; turnover and profits; staffing; marketing; competition and opposition; set-backs and successes.
Guest Speaker: Dr
Alan worked for the
Dept of Main Roads in NSW and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority
before joining the staff of
material on John Monash and his engineering activities are available on
Video Streaming, Audio Clip and Show Notes available here - soon.
Peter Thorne worked on
John McCutchan is an
engineer with a long standing interest in the history of electrical engineering
and its preservation and display. Particularly tantalising has been the veil of
total secrecy which lasted for 30 years over
Downloads available : Show Notes (Slides & Images).
As Perfect as Possible: the History of Melbourne’s Cable Trams 1885-1940 (Guest Speakers Series 22 May 2008)
The talk commenced with a brief outline of early tramways around the world and a history of Melbourne's street public transport before the arrival of trams and went on to explain why and how the first cable lines were developed in America and New Zealand and how the technology was employed in Australia. Various engineering aspects of the track formation, the all important cables and the magnificent machinery that powered them were included.
Speaker: Robert Green is an architect who has practiced in both the private and public
sectors. He is currently an architect with Heritage
Downloads available : Show Notes (13 MB).
This session was recorded for Video Streaming as part of the Engineers Australia (Victoria Division) policy to enhance the availability of selected topics to regional groups and the wider engineering profession. Click HERE to go to the Streaming Link When you get there, scroll down the linked page to the Producer Gas Talk. Broadband video streaming, Dial-up Audio and a downloadable MP3 version of the actual presentation are available via the link.
The Speaker :
Chairman of Engineering Heritage
Downloads available :
The talk was revised and presented to the Sydney Engineering Heritage Committee on 2 Jun 2008.
History of Holden & Vehicle Safety - Thursday 16 August 2007
The talk covers the history of Holden, early research into the causes of injury, the history of safety research at Holden, crash mechanisms, the history of computer simulation, general aspects of road safety, presents some insights into the risks of driving on Australian roads and concludes with some strong advice as to how to minimise these risks. The talk is highly relevant to any driver - or pedestrian - over 20 years of age!
Guest Speaker : Dr Laurence John
Sparke, OAM : Laurie Sparke is an engineering graduate from RMIT, Deakin and
Downloads available : Audio (11 MB) and Show Notes (8 MB). Please note that the audio levels of some segments of the Audio Clip have been boosted to compensate for unavoidable recording hitches and to maintain the best possible listening volume.
Colonial Engineer Scratchley - 21 June 2007
Captain Peter Scratchley RE served in
It is part of an ongoing research project into the engineers who were involved in early colonial development. Comments and contributions are most welcome and should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org with <Scratchley> in the Subject Line.
The Guest Speaker for this session was
Major General Michael O'Brien CSC (ret). Mike graduated from Duntroon in 1968
and was allocated to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps. He served as a
platoon commander and intelligence officer of 7 Battalion, Royal Australian
Downloads available : Shownotes (PDF - 7 MB)
This is the audio of a Talk given to EHV
by John Forrest MP FIE(Aust) - the Federal Member for Mallee (photo at
left). John was born on the
Engineering Heritage Information :
Extracts from Articles of Interest
1 Sep 1926 Edition : Determination of River Discharge A Graphical Method for Sewerage Pumping III Kyneton Water Supply SA Water & Sewerage Systems IE Aust Notes (260901) CE Editorial Notes etc (260901) Victorian Road Tests Mechanical Spraying of Roads Miscellaneous CE(260901) Water Purification at Swan Hill
Journal of the Inst of Engineers Aust - 1931
Ballarat Engineering Heritage Conference Papers 1998 (Authors names in brackets).
National Conference on Engineering Heritage -
Economic Preservation of Engineering Heritage (Butcher) Engineering Heritage (Mining - Davey) History of Engineering at Canterbury Uni (NZ - Mullenger) 19th C Aust Engineering Societies (Haas) Education of Engineers pre 1940 (Fergusson) Development of Sovereign Hill (McCarthy) Lessons from the Past (Milner) Treatment of Artefacts (Kentish) Development of Melb Engineerium (Atkinson) Victorian Engineering Heritage 1842-1942 (Wieckhardt) Early Automatic Telephony (Moynihan) Construction of Fitzroy Dock (Balint) Engineering considerations in an Historical Argument (Jones) Monier & anti Monier - Early RC in Aust (Lewis) Telford, Stephenson & Brunel (Staughton) The 1st Sydney - Brisbane Steamship Service (Whitmore) The Woomera Story (Frost) First Australian Aeroplane & Engine (Daw) Mr Watts Stupendous Steam Engine (Crossley) Role of Gov in EH Conservation - Doring 1985
These scanned versions of the 1985 Conference Papers have resulted from a collaborative effort with John Metcalf.
Engineering Heritage Conference 1992.
Conference Papers List Oral History & Engineering Heritage (Raxworthy) Engineering & Port of Melb (Milner) Echuca Bridge Footway & Lattice (Fredericks) Duck Reach Hydro (McFie) Cowra Bride Preservation (Fraser) Aust Databases & Engg Heritage (Cummings) Moorina Power Development (Smith) Recording Engineering Heritage (Daw) Not only the Hardware (Doubleday) Heritage Talking (Longworth) Ballarat Railway Station & Yards (Martin) Callington Mill (Murphy) Sydney Water Board (Longworth) Tas Royal Engineers Building (Spratt) Pt Waratah BHP Works (Collins) Historic Bridges NZ (Thornton) Heritage Buildings on Reactive Clays (Jordan) Demolition of Union Hill Quartz Roasting Mills (Supple) Aspects of Victorian Torpedo Warfare (Cahill) Mt Morgan - a new beginning (Boyle)
These scanned versions of the 1992 Conference Papers have also resulted from a collaborative effort with John Metcalf.
of the Institution of Engineers (Aust) - 1934 - Marking 100 Years of
Public Services Metro Roads & Bridges Country Roads & Bridges Railways Tramways Ports Air Transport Melb Water Supply Melb Drains & Sewers Rural Water Supply Irrigation Water Gas Electricity Communications Industrial Development Mining Engineering
The following files are the first instalment in a series that will ultimately cover the Development of the Melbourne Metropolitan Electricity Distribution System between the years 1900 to 1950. They are from a recent opportunistic find in an archival draw associated with the former State Electricity Commission of Victoria. The “original” documents have been well kept but are hard to read and difficult to scan. The first two files cover the Story of the Richmond Power Station and the Distribution Network development up to 1905. Others will be added ASAP.
Other miscellaneous material ….
The Kernot Medal The Kernot Medallists Professionalism (Lloyd - 1973) Victorian Building Stones (Mines Dept 1949) Laurence Wackett Fishermen's Bend Peter Brock & his Austin Plan Printing National Engineering Heritage Conference (Nov 2007)
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