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Celebrating Engineering History: a mini-conference

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$20 – $30

An afternoon mini-conference “Celebrating Engineering History” will be held on Thursday 15 August 2019, from 1pm until 5pm, at the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. The mini-conference is organised by Engineering Heritage Victoria in partnership with the RHSV.

Engineering has been defined as being “a vital art, working with the great sources of power in nature for the wealth and well-being of the whole of society”.  We often just think of engineering as being something that started when engineers became a separate profession, but engineering dates back many thousands of years.

Victoria has many outstanding world-leading engineering works, but many of these achievements are not well documented, or have been forgotten, and need to be celebrated.

Four papers will be presented focussing on the history of some of the significant engineering works in Victoria. This year is the

  • 150th anniversary of the Great Melbourne Telescope;
  • the 100th anniversary of the Electrification of Melbourne’s suburban railways;
  • and the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Institution of Engineers, Australia,
  • and as many notable indigenous engineering works survive in Australia, we hope to include a paper on this topic as well.
The image used to illustrate this event is:
Engraving of the Great Melbourne Telescope: an imaginary setting from an English newspaper, 1869
Source: Museum Victoria (SH 950104)


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RHSV & Engineering Heritage Members$20.00Discount ticket is available for those current members of the RHSV or Engineering Heritage Victoria

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General Public$30.00

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August 15
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$20 – $30
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Royal Historical Society of Victoria
03 9326 9288


RHSV Officers’ Mess Upstairs
239 A’Beckett St
Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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