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Image courtesy of the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts

The Sydney Mechanics School of Arts are hosting John August for a fascinating exploration of the many marvels of human ingenuity he has encountered during his travels, including extraordinary engineering works, antique machines, scientific curiosities and strange objects.

Discover a bridge built in ancient Roman style in Tasmania and the old shale-oil works of Glen Davis in NSW, along with early examples of steam engineering, old bridges, towers and whaling sites in Melbourne, Broken Hill, the Nullarbor plain and Western Australia. More familiar and closer to home are the somewhat controversial Hornsby Fountain and Water Clock and the Katoomba ropeway.

John will also share some astounding natural wonders from the Burning Mountain with its coal seam that has been burning for thousands of years to the Pinnacles, the Ulladulla fossil walk and other strange locations and curious human monuments.

About John August

John August is fascinated with the industrial revolution and history generally.  John has run walking and cycling tours around Sydney and the Cooks River, including industrial history.

John is a member of Engineering Heritage Sydney, and is a Vice President of the NSW Humanists and the Pirate Party of Australia.  His many interests includes broadcasting on radio 2RSR Marrickville and maintaining his website,

When:    Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 12.30pm- 1.30pm
Where:   Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
Cost:      Free
Contact: 02 9262 7300