Published Resources Details Journal Article
- Generating History: the heritage value of the archives of the Australian National University Homopolar Generator
- Transactions of The Institution of Engineers, Australia: Multi-Disciplinary Engineering
- Description of Work
- Refereed article
- vol. GE11, no. 2 (November), 1987, pp. 101-106
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 at 900 volts, is soon to be disassembled. Its records thus become 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.