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Open Lecture by Sir Neil Cossons – “Preserving the genius of engineering”

“Without the creative genius of engineers life for most of us would be less worthwhile.” In this lecture Sir Neil Cossons considers how the engineering record of achievement is being preserved throughout the world as part of tomorrow’s heritage and as a testament to engineers and engineering. This record is to be cherished as an inspiration for the future.

– Sir Neil Cossons is the former chair of English Heritage, an internationally renowned advisor on heritage policy and management, and a patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum.


A celebration for the recipients of the –
David Cox Memorial Award 2009
“To recognise and encourage excellence on the restoration, conservation and continued use of historic buildings and structures in Otago”

The awards will be presented prior to the lecture. All welcome.

WHEN – Monday 23 November 2009
WHERE – Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
WHAT TIME – 7:00 pm

This is an Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference Event in conjunction with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.


“The gasworks is part of Dunedin’s and the whole world’s heritage. It tells part of the global story – and the whole of the rest of the global story has gone.”

### Channel 9 News November 18, 2009 – 5:48pm
Dunedin Gasworks Museum seen as historically significant as Stonehenge
One of Dunedin’s newest museums was visited today by one of its Patrons, who says it’s an example of our city leading the world. Sir Neil Cossons is the former Chair of English Heritage, and a proud current Patron of the Dunedin Gasworks Museum, which he sees as being as historically significant as Stonehenge or The Pyramids.


Dunedin became home to one of the most exceptionally preserved gasworks museums in the world, when the Engine House Dunedin Gasworks Museum opened on 3 February 2001. The museum exhibits unique collections of working gas and steam technology. The Dunedin Gasworks was New Zealand’s first when it opened in 1863 and the last when it ceased production in 1987. At the peak of its production in the 1970s over 18,000 customers received coal gas through an intricate system of underground mains extending throughout the city and suburbs.
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Dunedin Gasworks Museum
20 Braemar St, South Dunedin
Organisation: Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust (03) 455 5063
Open first and third Sundays of each month, 12 noon – 4:00 pm
Light admission charges apply to non members.

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