Join us at the 1st annual conference of Automotive Historians Australia this September, to explore automotive histories, and driving futures.
We look forward to a range of exciting papers from local and international speakers, reflecting on the past, and projecting what the future for automotive may hold. An exciting centerpiece of these sessions is the Inaugural Ron Tauranac Lecture, to be delivered by invited author Professor Penny Sparke, author of the acclaimed book A Century of Car Design.
The major Australian car companies – Toyota, Ford and General Motors Holden – will cease manufacturing and exit the country by 2017 following Mitsubishi's closure in 2008. The implications of this dramatic shift in terms of job losses, weakened industrial capacity and also the potential loss of significant cultural heritage sites and assets, are becoming the subject of increased concern and debate. As automotive design rapidly changes, increased
urbanisation leads to lower personal vehicle ownership, cities look to alternatives to private car travel, road congestion increases, and oil supplies decrease, it is timely to reflect on the Australian condition, to consider the broad themes of automobility through a particularly local and national lenses, both in terms of the past and the potential for the future.
Hosted by RMIT Design Archives, RMIT School of Architecture and Design, and Monash University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, this exciting conference program includes:
- RACV Harley Tarrant Cocktail Party: RACV City Club in Melbourne, Sept 1
- Inaugural Ron Tauranac Lecture: Professor Penny Sparke at RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, September 2
- Conference dinner: The Lincoln in Carlton, September 2
- Conference paper sessions and AHA Annual General Meeting: RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, September 1-3
- Motor enthusiast displays (artefacts/ memorabilia/ documents/ posters/ drawings): RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne, September 1-3
- Automotive collection site tour, to various sites around Melbourne, September 4
The full conference program will be hosted on the Automotive Historians Australia (AHA) website, closer to the conference.
Walk to the intersection of Victoria and Swanston Streets. Trams running along Swanston Street include routes 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72, from which you can connect to the train at Melbourne Central or Flinders Street.
Visit the Public Transport Victoria website for more information and connecting services in your area.
No on-campus parking is available for visitors, but you’ll find many commercial car parks a short walk away. Metered street parking is also available nearby, but note the time limits and clearway restrictions.