ASHET, the Australian Society for History of Engineering and Technology, was formed with thirty members in 2003. ASHET now has around one hundred members, in all parts of Australia, though the majority live in Sydney.

ASHET is a non-profit association incorporated in New South Wales. It is affiliated with the Royal Australian Historical Society. Its objects are to encourage and promote community interest and education in the history of engineering and technology in Australia.

ASHET presents a regular program of around ten meetings each year in Sydney in association with the Royal Australian Historical Society with talks on topics related to the history of engineering and technology. Non-members are welcome to attend these meetings. ASHET also organises visits and tours to places of interest. In 2009 ASHET ran, in association with the RAHS, a two-week study tour of outback New South Wales including Broken Hill, Wentworth and Lake Mungo. In 2011 ASHET ran two tours; one a weekend tour of Glen Davis, Kandos and Rylstone areas; the other an eight day tour of northern NSW including New England and Lightning Ridge.

Next ASHET Events

Thursday 19 March, 2015Come aboard HMAS Vampire – Talk by Noel Phelan
Thursday 30 April, 2015The remains of hydraulic power in Sydney – Talk by John Gibson
Tuesday 12 May, 2015Turning circles: why did Frank Cotton's anti-gravity flying suit fail? – Talk by Peter Hobbins
Tuesday 9 June, 2015The history of Unilever at Balmain – Talk by Jim Nash
Tuesday 14 July, 2015Lawrence Hargrave: Australian Father of Flight; the Centenary of his death – Talk by Michael Adams

Full event details are available at the Events Page


ASHET News is published four times a year, in January, April, July and October. Current and past issues are available for download here.