Sunshine Coast 2018 Annual Dinner and Engineering Heritage in Queensland Presentation

Join Engineers Australia CEO, Peter McIntyre, and local committee members to celebrate the end of 2018 and enjoy a meal and presentation from Engineering Heritage Qld Group.
Sunshine Coast 2018 Annual Dinner and Engineering Heritage in Queensland Presentation

The night will begin with the Committee election; anyone looking to join the committee can put their name forward on the night or indicate within registration. All current positions will be open.

Key positions will be:
• Chair
• Young Engineers Rep.
• Women in Engineering Rep.

Following the presentation, we are pleased to provide an interesting presentation on Engineering Heritage in Queensland.

On the night, Engineers Australia CEO Peter McIntyre will also be making a short presentation.

Did you know that Engineers Australia has a number of groups across Australia who have a passion for recognising past engineering achievements? From colonial inventiveness to modern day marvels, our engineering heritage includes projects that are nationally and internationally recognised for their innovation, scale, and contribution to the community. The stories of engineers abound with challenges to be overcome, audacious ideas and often heroic contributions from individuals and teams who successfully transformed an idea into reality. The past can inspire the future.

This presentation will focus on
• What is Engineering Heritage across Australia and across Queensland?
• What are the activities that Engineering Heritage undertake?
• Some stories of amazing engineering achievement and how they are being recognized.
• A real case study on the early history of Electric Lighting in Brisbane in the 1880’s and on the recovery of the Edison Tubes from the Queens Wharf development in Brisbane earlier this year. The Edison Tubes (patented by Thomas Edison in 1881) were the first commercial underground electric mains to be used in public lighting schemes in New York and in London (1882). Brisbane was the first and only city in the southern hemisphere to use them (1886). They were installed to provide electricity to Parliament House from a new printery power station about 1350 feet (approx. 420m) along William St. You will be able to see and touch this piece of history.


Allan Churchward | FIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ APEC Engineer

Allan is a civil engineer with a background in the delivery of major transport infrastructure in Queensland. Allan is currently the Queensland representative on the Engineering Heritage Australia Committee and is on the committee of Engineering Heritage Queensland.

Brian Becconsall | FIEAust Ret.

Brian Becconsall is a retired electrical engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a long-time member of Engineering Heritage Australia (Queensland)-EHQ. He spent 48 years in the Queensland Electricity Industry, starting as a cadet with the SEAQ in 1956, graduating UQ in 1961, worked overseas in Canada and USA for 2 years, and in Queensland with QEGB, QEC and Powerlink Qld in High Voltage Transmission before retiring in 2004. He was involved in the first 1992 dig for the Edison Tubes in William St. by Energex and Qld Museum with researchers Don McKenzie (QM) and Emeritus Professor Syd Prentice (UQ), and the 2018 recovery of Edison Street Tubes.

Stuart Wallace | FIEAust Ret.

Stuart Wallace is a retired electrical engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an active member of Engineering Heritage Australia (Queensland). A graduate of both QUT (then QIT) and UQ, his career of over 40 years was mostly spent in consulting in the fields of power generation and transportation across the globe. His keen interest in electrical engineering history is both professional and personal as he is a fourth-generation engineer and third generation electrical engineer.


*Ticket includes a meal and drink on arrival

11 / 12 / 2018 - 05:30 pm to 08:30 pm
Registration Closes
11 / 12 / 2018 03:30 pm
Waterfront Hotel
2/46 David Low Way
  • Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Member Guest: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $60.01 ($54.55 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $10.00 ($9.09 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $60.01 ($54.55 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Guest: $60.01 ($54.55 excl. GST)
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