The Melbourne Hydraulic Power Company and Public Hydraulic Power in Australia

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Technical lecture
17 March 2016 18:00 - 19:00
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In 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 nearby parts of North 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, including wool presses, hoists and cranes.

 The Melbourne Hydraulic Power Company operated under a specially created act of the Victorian Parliament. In accordance with the terms of the act, its assets and business reverted to the City of Melbourne in 1925, who continued the service until 1967.




Our speaker Miles Pearce is an electrical engineer and Fellow of the IEAust. As previous Chairman of Engineering Heritage Victoria, he has a particular interest in mechanical and electrical engineering heritage.


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(report to reception on level 16 and ask for directions to level 17 board room)
700 Collins Street

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