SS Dunedin carried frozen meat exports

SS Dunedin

In 1876, an unsuccessful attempt was made to ship frozen meat from Australia to the UK.  The equipment broke down en route and the cargo was spoiled.  In 1879, the first successful frozen meat exports were achieved when 40 tons of frozen beef and mutton was shipped from Sydney to the UK aboard the Strathleven,  arriving in good condition.  Subsequently, the Dunedin, was fitted with a refrigeration plant and began carrying frozen cargo from New Zealand to England.