A Century of Canberra Engineering

Do you know which building in Canberra is so unusually designed that many didn’t think it was possible; engineers had to build a 1/40th scale model to prove it could be done?  It is of course the Academy of Science Shine Dome.  This is just one example of the many fascinating stories featured in the recently released book A Century of Canberra Engineering.

The Communication Link was very proud to have one of most wonderful projects come to fruition last week with the launch of A Century of Canberra Engineering on Thursday 23 May at the Mount Stromlo Observatory.  Prof Brian Schmidt, Nobel Prize Winner and Laureate Professor at the ANU launched the book with assistance from Senator the Hon Kate Lundy and Dr Chris Bourke, MLA.  A Century of Canberra Engineering is authored by local engineering heritage professional, Keith Baker and features almost 1000 beautiful photos.

Prof Brian Schmidt, Keith Baker (author), Senator Kate Lundy, Dr Chris Bourke

Prof Brian Schmidt, Keith Baker (author), Senator Kate Lundy, Dr Chris Bourke

The Communication Link is proud to have been the manager of this very special project on behalf of the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia.

The book explores the development of the city through the delivery of many of the great projects, significant infrastructure and technological advancements that have helped to build the city of today.  The story is told chronologically as the story of Canberra’s development progresses and makes particular mention of the people and organisations that were involved in key projects across the city.  It is a great read for those who want to explore local Canberra history with a bit of a twist!

The book is selling for $60 and can be purchased from the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia phone 02 6270 6519.