A heated swimming spot on the Molongo River? Robots and driverless vehicles?

Do you know where the heated swimming spot on the Molonglo River was in the 1920s?

Do you know which iconic Canberra building 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?

Do you know which building is Canberra’s first air conditioned building with lifts and a ducted vacuum cleaning system?

Where in Canberra can you visit a factory with robots and driverless vehicles?

Which of Canberra’s newest engineered structures has almost submerged its century old neighbour?

These questions and many more interesting engineering stories are revealed in a special Centenary of Canberra publication – A Century of Canberra Engineering.

Prof Brian Schmidt will be launching this new publication this week at an event at the Mount Stromlo Observatory.  The observatory has a special history in the hearts of Canberra and particularly it’s engineers.  The Observatory was first founded in May 1911 and has survived the development of a city, a depression, extreme weather and bushfires to exist to this date. Engineers continue to play a role in the work of scientists at the Mount Stromlo Observatory.

Mr Rolfe Hartley, Chair of the Canberra 100 Committee at the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia said ‘A Century of Canberra Engineering is a celebration of the wonderful contribution engineers have made to the development of Canberra.  From the earliest days when engineers were a key part of the decision on where to locate the national capital, through to today’s modern construction and leading edge medical or scientific research, engineers play a role in the future of Canberra.’

A Century of Canberra Engineering has been authored by local engineering heritage professional, Keith Baker, and features over 700 photos and wonderful stories of the individuals and projects that make this city great.

The Canberra Division of Engineers Australia has published the book as part of
their contribution to the celebration of Canberra’s Centenary and copies of the book can be purchased by contacting the Canberra office of Engineers Australia on 02 6270 6519.

The Communication Link is excited to have been part of the team that produced this special book.

Answers to the questions above….  Well just in case you don’t get a chance to read this great book!

1) Alongside the Kingston Powerhouse which used the Molonglo River water for cooling, circulating hot water through a weir and heating that part of the Rriver.
2) The Australian Academy of Science Shine Dome
3) Old Parliament House
4) The Royal Australian Mint
5) The Cotter Dam