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. Past tours have included a two-week study tour of outback New South Wales to Broken Hill, Wentworth and Lake Mungo; a weekend tour of Glen Davis, Kandos and Rylstone areas; an eight day tour of northern NSW including New England and Lightning Ridge.

In addition, ASHET has undertaken several major projects including the history of Unilever in Balmain, the history of the meat pie in Sydney, the Lightning Ridge Project and Timber Truss Bridges of New South Wales.

Next ASHET Events

Thursday 26 November 2015A third telescope dome at Sydney Observatory – tour and talk by Andrew Jacob
Tuesday 8 December 2015Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Café – Talk by Leonard Janiszewski/Effy Alexakis
Thursday 18 February 2016Inside Pine Gap: Its Technical Intelligence Surveillance Role – talk by David Rosenberg
Tuesday 8 March 2016Wartime Innovation: Learning from Loss – Talk by Damian McDonald
Tuesday 26 April 2016Early Metal Railway Bridges in NSW – Talk by Bill Phippen

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.