Enduring Engineering for Water Resources

Cat Kutay, Christopher Lawrence

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Aboriginal communities have successful maintained a technological culture in this country for over 50,000 years (Malaspinas et al., 2016). During this time their civilisation survived many major climate changes and the irregular climate cycles of the region. This enduring engineering provides many lessons for modern engineering including the holistic nature of sustainable practices, the design of technology to suit the needs of society and narrative methods of sharing and maintaining the knowledge around the technology.

One such technology was the development of fish traps both in fresh and salt water, and which were developed and maintained for many thousands of years. The significance of water as the bringer of life and of regeneration is linked to the stories of the various types of fish traps.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference
Subtitle of host publicationPutting water to work: Steam power, river navigation and water supply
Place of PublicationBarton, ACT
PublisherEngineers Australia
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781922107923
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference: Putting Water to Work: Steam Power, River Navigation and Water Supply - Mildura, Australia
Duration: 9 Oct 201713 Oct 2017


Conference19th Australasian Engineering Heritage Conference


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