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Institution of Engineers, Australia Engineering Heritage Branch
|Place:||Auditorium, Engineering House,
21 Bedford Street, North Melbourne
|Time:||5.30 for 6.00 pm.|
In July 1889 Melbourne became the fourth city in the world to have a public hydraulic power utility. By means of high-pressure water mains run under streets in the Melbourne CBD, along with some nearby parts of North Melbourne and South Melbourne, a convenient and efficient centralised source of motive power was made available for public use. Hydraulic power was used for the operation of goods and passenger lifts and for other labour saving machines, including wool presses, hoists and cranes.
The Melbourne Hydraulic Power Company operated under a specially created Act of the Victorian Parliament from 1888 to 1925 when, in accordance with the terms of the Act, its assets and business reverted to the City of Melbourne who continued the service until December 1967.
The talk will outline the background development of public hydraulic power systems and the early successful implementation in the Melbourne of the late 1880s. As well as describing the elements of the utility and some of the consumer equipment it served, reference will be made to its sister system, the Sydney & Suburbs Hydraulic Power Company, which started in 1891 and outlasted its Melbourne counterpart.
Miles Pierce, is an electrical engineer and a Fellow of I.E.Aust. He is currently Deputy Chairman of Engineering Heritage Victoria and has a particular interest in mechanical and electrical engineering heritage.
|Presented By:||Engineering Heritage Australia (Victoria)|
|Cost:||Free of Charge|
|Professional Development:||Depending upon your personal professional status and current needs, attending this session may qualify for CPD credits ranging from 1 to 1.5 points.|
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