Hot Air Engine

Interviewees: Rowan Heckendorf, Donald MacKenzie, David Read & Lloyd Slocum
Location: Lockhart
Theme: Power

Hot air engines were developed as an alternative power source to steam engines. They had a low power output, were simple to operate, required a minimum of attention, and were reliable with far fewer moving parts than steam engines. Some small engines were used for lifting water out of stock wells and pumping water to homesteads. Few were made after the turn of the twentieth century but made a revival in the mid-1930s.

Stage 5 Education Resource: Hot Air Engine - Lockhart (PDF, 218.9 KB)

Museum: Greens Gunyah Museum