09 June 2015

3rd Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference Proceedings

22–25 November 2009.

Salmond College, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

International experts from Australia, Britain and New Zealand gathered to explore the conference’s theme: Engineering in the Development of a Region – Heritage and History. This conference was jointly hosted by Engineers Australia and Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, IPENZ.

Paper topics ranged from investigating the future of personal mobile and global positioning system devices for advocacy and education in heritage engineering, to engineers in history and the importance of archives. Other topics explored the management and use of historic sites and industrial landscapes including the monitoring, analysis and management of historic structures.

Read the programme to get an overview of the conference (PDF 750KB).


​Keynote address

Neil Cossons, Does the Engineering Heritage Matter? (PDF 2.70MB).

Engineering and industrial history

MS Churchward, Gas Engines in Victorian Industry, 1870–1950 (PDF 1.1MB).

Andrew Cleland, Refrigeration: underpinning the New Zealand economy for over 125 years (PDF 1MB).

Rachael Egerton, Heritage Management at the Port Craig Sawmill Complex: Successes and Challenges (PDF 650KB).

John R Fitzmaurice, History of Auckland Wastewater and Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant (PDF 2.2MB).

Don Fraser, American bridges in New South Wales 1870­–1932 (PDF 1MB).

JW Gibson and MC Pierce, Remnants of Early Hydraulic Power Systems (PDF 740KB).

DJ Hamilton, Early Water Races in Central Otago (PDF 1MB).

Wayne Johnson, Sydney’s Darling Harbour: Two Centuries of Industrial Development, Decline, Transformation and Interpretation (PDF 100KB).

Peter Marquis-Kyle, Queensland’s Timber and Iron Lighthouses: 19th Century Colonial Innovation (PDF 520KB).

Gavin McLean, There’s Naught to Fear for the Port of Oamaru (PDF 520KB).

Rob Merrifield, A Centennial Review of the North Island Main Trunk Railway: Geology of the West-Central North Island and its Influence on Transport Development (PDF 500KB).

Owen Peake, The History of High Voltage Direct Current Transmission (PDF 180KB).

Miles Pierce, Early Electricity Supply in Melbourne (PDF 720KB).

Nigel Ridgway, The Coorong Battery at the Winnecke Gold Mine, NT (PDF 620KB).

Jim Staton, Golden Lead - Golden Dreams (PDF 500KB).


David Dolan, The Engineer As Landscaper And Cultural Warrior (PDF 160KB).

Robert McWilliam, The Prime Movers of Historical Change (PDF 210KB).

George Tibbits and David Beauchamp, John Harry Grainger, Engineer and Architect (PDF 680KB).

DB Waterson, The transformation of Engineering Entrepreneur to Multi-Faceted Specialist: From Nation-Building as Depicted by the Career of the Scots-Queensland Sir Thomas McIlwraith (1835–1900) to Global Technical Participant (PDF 190KB).

Managing heritage

Paul Davies, Managing Active and Redundant Industrial and Engineering Heritage Sites (PDF 420KB).

Peter Holmes, Archaeology and the Industrial Landscape: 21st Century Adaptive Redevelopment Confronts 19th Century Industrial Heritage (PDF 1MB).

Euan McQueen, Heritage and the Modern Railway (PDF 230KB).

Tony Silke, From the Corporate Dump to a National Resource (PDF 570KB).

Assessing and conserving heritage

Trevor Butler, Port Craig Viaducts Engineering Assessment and Conservation Plan (PDF 740KB).

Bill Harvey, Interactive Analysis of Arching Masonry Structures (PDF 490KB).

Bill Harvey, Monitoring and Measuring Historic Masonry Structures (PDF 480KB).

Kevin Jones, Aerial Photographs and the Record of Agriculture and Engineering in Otago (PDF 880KB).

Peter Lowe, Engineering Archive: Preservation and Prospects (PDF 280KB).

Communication and heritage tourism

Owen Graham, The Otago Central Rail Trail: Preservation of Heritage Sites through Development for Visitor Use. A Case Study of the Visitor and Tourism Benefits to Communities (PDF 390KB).

Paul Mahoney, Telling Engineering Heritage Stories (PDF 200KB).

Richard Venus, The Engineering of “Engineering a City” (PDF 590KB).

Daniel Woo, Sydney’s Birthplace Walk Podcast (PDF 640KB).