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Author
McCarthy, Gavan
Title
Generating History: the heritage value of the archives of the Australian National University Homopolar Generator
In
Proceedings of the Third National Conference on Engineering Heritage, Adelaide, 1-3 December 1986
Description of Work
Refereed article
Imprint
1986
Url
https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=680177390022498;res=IELENG
Format
Print
Abstract

The history and archival documentation of the Australian National University Homopolar Generator is reviewed and the records appraised for their intrinsic heritage value. The HPG, an extraordinary engineering achievement weighing 2400 tonnes and capable of producing 1.6 megamps (MA) at 900 volts(V), is soon to be disassembled. Its records thus became the primary evidence of its existence. It is noted that scientists and engineers have the responsibility for the adequate documentation of their activities in the short term and need to be aware of their heritage responsibilities to ensure that important records are permanently retained in suitable archives.

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