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Bronze plaque set in small garden plot lined with bluestone blocks erected in honour of James Harrison who opened the first iceworks in Australia near this site.

Pioneer editor of the Geelong Advertiser newspaper from 1840 to 1864, James Harrison worked as a journalist on various newspapers in Victoria from his arrival there in 1839 until his return to England about 1873.

He was also a keen inventor, being a pioneer in all kinds of refrigeration and in 1873 he won a gold medal at the Melbourne Exhibition by proving that meat kept frozen for months remained perfectly edible.

Location

Address:Western Beach, Geelong, 3220
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.137229
Long: 144.355354
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Science

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:1984
Front Inscription

In honour of James Harrison (1816-1890) spirited citizen of this city, founder editor of the "Geelong Advertiser", town councillor, legislator and scientific inventor. He perfected and was the first to make commercially successful the artificial manufacture of ice.

On 19th February 1859 he opened the first ice works in Australia near this site in Geelong, pioneering the way for transport of perishable products. One soweth, one repeath, erected by the Geelong City Council - 1985 Ian R Ingliss MP JP Mayor: T S Neal JP Town Clerk

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