Welcome from the 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference.

On behalf of the conference organising committee, I invite you to register for the conference. We have planned an exciting program, and have already received papers for peer review.

2017 also celebrates three centenaries that are relevant to Engineering Heritage;

  • 1917; The River Murray Commission was established, it has now evolved in the Murray Darling Basin Authority, MDBA, a major sponsor of the conference
  • “Big Lizzie” arrived in Mildura. Now located just down the road in Red Cliffs, it is planned to unveil an Engineering Heritage Marker during Country Engineering Weekend immediately after the conference
  • The joining of the rails of the Trans Australian Railway (TAR) on the 17th October 1917 and the first passenger train west from Port Augusta left on the 22nd October 1917

Just over the border in Cobdogla, South Australia, the historic Humphrey Pump is planned to be run on the 8th October 2017.

So, if you are planning to be in Mildura for the 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference, plan a little extra time. Consider visiting Cobdogla on Sunday, the 8th October; attend the conference from the evening of the 9th through to Friday 13th; then stay for the Country Engineering Weekend on the 14th & 15th for some more engineering and engineering heritage.

Consider spending some extra time in or on the way to and from Mildura to see some more Engineering Heritage and Heritage places. Suggestions for self-drive tours can be found here.

For those who want to satisfy more of their Engineering Heritage passion planned to be in Port Augusta on the weekend of 21st & 22nd October, especially the 22nd. There will be celebrations at Port Augusta station and Pichi Richi Railway are planning to run a special train; details for self-drive options can be found here.

I look forward to seeing you in Mildura.

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David Le Lievre

Conference Chair