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James Harrison Exhibition

26 June @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


World Refrigeration Day

Wed 26 and Sat 29 June

In 1854 James Harrison, the Father of Refrigeration, made artificial ice in a cave by the Barwon River. Come to the Geelong Showgrounds Museum to celebrate his achievement.

Listen to a short talk. Watch Warwick Bryce, Melbourne engineer and model maker, show his 1:10 working model of Harrison’s 1857 machine. The original steam powered machine made 3 tons of ice a day. With it, Harrison opened Australia’s first ice works in Geelong in 1859, creating a new industry with his brilliant invention.

Also enjoy the GSM’s collections of objects and information about other pioneering Geelong industries. Come to the GSM (by courtesy of the Royal Geelong A & P Society) to thank Geelong’s original refrigeration engineer for the benefits that he gave to humanity.

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26 June
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Geelong Showgrounds Museum
, Gate 2, 77 Breakwater Rd
Breakwater, Vic Australia
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