John Monash Medal

John Monash Medal

The John Monash Medal is awarded by Engineering Heritage Australia (EHA) to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of engineering heritage over a considerable time.

The award is an inscribed medal with an accompanying certificate signed by the National President of Engineers Australia. It is presented annually except when, in the opinion of the EHA Board, there is no worthy nomination.

This Medal was approved by Council in l976 and perpetuates the memory of Sir John Monash who is recognised as Australia’s greatest military commander, and who was an engineer of exceptional and diversified talents.

In l921 Sir John Monash was appointed Chairman of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and was responsible for the La Trobe Valley power scheme. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in l929.

The John Monash Medal was originally awarded for the best paper on engineering related to general engineering interests and was first made in l979. In 2002, the John Monash Medal was re-designated as an award for engineering heritage.

The annual award recognises outstanding contributions made by individuals towards increasing the awareness and conservation of Australia’s engineering heritage.

Biennial award, will open again in 2023.

Nomination Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Submission Guidelines
Presentation of the Award

Nomination Criteria

The nominee should have, over a considerable period, made an outstanding contribution to Engineering Heritage in Australia, through one or more of the following:

Raising of awareness of engineering heritage within the profession

In addressing this criterion, nominators should focus on activities that increase engineers’ awareness of the expectations and special circumstances surrounding engineering activities that involve or affect heritage structures, sites or objects, including aboriginal heritage. Such awareness may include, but is not limited to:

  • Legislative requirements;
  • Community expectations;
  • The opportunities and benefits in protecting/preserving/adapting heritage sites and structures as an alternative to replacement/destruction;
  • The need to, and the practice of, working with stakeholders such as heritage groups, architects, and other related disciplines;
  • Participation in EHA or other heritage related engineering groups;
  • Education of engineers in the practice of heritage engineering.

Activities might include seminars, workshops, papers, books, conducted or published by the nominee targeting the engineering community

Promotion of engineering heritage within the community

In addressing this criterion, nominators should focus on activities that increase awareness of the role of engineering heritage and heritage engineers within the general community. Such activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Raising awareness of the importance and contribution of engineering and engineers to heritage within the general community;
  • Promoting the need for the broader heritage community to engage with the engineering profession;
  • Participation in community or government heritage groups or committees (e.g. National Trust, Heritage Council, etc.);
  • Public seminars, talks, tours, newspaper articles, other public information, education or public engagement initiatives.

Recording and documentation of engineering heritage

In addressing this criterion, nominators should focus on activities that have resulted in the documentation of engineering heritage sites, projects, objects or people. Such activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Recording and documenting engineering heritage objects or sites;
  • Researching and publishing the history of engineering endeavours, industries, precincts or individual engineers, including preparing successful nominations for heritage related awards and recognitions, and recording of oral histories.
  • Please list all books, reports, papers or recordings resulting from this activity not already listed

Conservation of engineering heritage

In addressing this criterion, nominators should focus on activities that have resulted in the conservation of engineering heritage, or contributed to the practice of conservation. Such activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Application of the nominee’s engineering heritage knowledge and skills to conservation works (please give specific examples, with emphasis on demonstrating engineering excellence and compliance with the Burra Charter or other relevant charters);
  • Research into and/or development of techniques to aid conservation of heritage structures or objects.
  • Please list any books, reports or papers resulting from this work not already listed.

Terms and Conditions

  • Nominations should address all of the selection criteria where relevant
  • Nominations may be made by any unit or member of Engineers Australia
  • Nominations should be brief, but present a persuasive case and contain sufficient information for comparative assessment of nominees
  • Nominations will be treated as confidential to the EHA Board
  • The nomination addressing the selection criteria should be prepared and uploaded in the form of one or more PDF files
  • This award is open to members and non-members of Engineers Australia.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Completed Nomination Form
  2. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements.
  3. Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  4. Nominee’s portrait photo
  5. Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)


Engineering Heritage Australia will appoint a committee to assess all nominations and to recommend a recipient to the EHA Board for approval.

The Committee includes:

  • A member of EHA who will act as convenor.
  • An eminent practitioner in engineering heritage.
  • An eminent heritage administrator, historian or distinguished member of the heritage community.
  • A Past President of Engineers Australia.

The award will be presented by the National President of Engineers Australia or a nominee, at a suitable and prestigious function.

Presentation of the Award

The award will consist of a framed certificate, citation and medal and presented at a suitable event.

2019 Winner

David Jehan

BE (Hons) MBT MIEAust CPEng

David Jehan commenced his active involvement in Engineering Heritage during his traineeship at Sydney’s historic Cockatoo Island Dockyard from 1981 to 1987, which resulted in a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from UTS. This was a very structured ‘hands on’ traineeship which provided both technical and commercial instruction.

Although David has spent most of his professional career working with modern technology, for example his current work with Australia’s first ‘driverless’ metro system, he remains keenly interested in the technology of the past.

As the sun sets on the Australian heavy engineering and manufacturing industry he is keen to document what has been achieved in the past, so that current and future graduates can appreciate what we as a nation have done.

He believes it is important to know where we have been and what we have done to truly progress in the future and recapture the pioneering spirit so boldly demonstrated by our forefathers.

Past award recipients