Harrison Refrigerator Model

Past Event: 28 November 2009 to 31 December 2013

Harrison Refrigerator Model
Harrison Refrigerator Model
Source: Museum Victoria
Photo: Jon Augier

See a model of the first successful industrial refrigerator (1857).

James Harrison of Geelong developed the first successful industrial refrigerator in the early 1850s. This was an internationally significant invention and it was used in breweries, hotels and distilleries throughout Britain, Europe, South America and Australia. Over 70 refrigerators were built.

The model at Scienceworks was displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, United States of America, from 1964 to 2002.

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Tim 15 August, 2012 12:18
I am an Industrial Design student with the University of Technology, Sydney and I am currently doing an assignment on the evolution of refrigerators in regard to style, advances in technology and related cultural/social issues. I am interested in any additional information on the Harrison refrigerator or any information on refrigerators in general including images if possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Discovery Centre 24 August, 2012 15:15
Hi Tim - we have quite a bit of information that could be of interest to you, but it is too much to be posted here as a response to your comment; so we've sent you a detailed reply via email.
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Steve 4 April, 2013 13:18
This is coolz.
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Simon 4 May, 2013 11:39
Tim, check out www.airah.com.au. Also on the foot bridge from Chinatown to darling harbour is first refrigeration site in Australia; there is a plaque on the site. Cheers.
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