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The plaque placed by the James Harrison Museum Inc. marks the site where James Harrison invented commercial refrigeration in 1854.  He was an inventor, being the  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.

He was the 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.



Address:Riversdale Road, Rocky Point on walking path near Barwon River, Newtown, 3220
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.163514
Long: 144.336256
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 7th December, 1997
Front Inscription

This is the site where James Harrison invented the worlds first ice making machine at Rocky Point - Geelong - 1854

Officially unveiled by the Hon. Ann Henderson M. P.

7. 12. 1997

Graham Hobbs   Daryl McLure     Peter O`Brien
Laurel Foulds     Arnold McLean   Gordon Wightman
Bruce Webster   Ken Armstrong   Andrew Wightman
Rodney King      Rodney Walton   Ken Storey

Plaque donated by the Packaged Ice Association Australia

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au