James Harrison, pioneer of the refrigeration system

James Harrison

Engineer James Harrison, of Geelong in Victoria, was among the pioneers of refrigeration. He created Australia’s first vapour-compression refrigeration system using ether. In 1851 he developed his ice-making machine, in 1854 it began operation commercially, a patent was granted in 1855  and he was commissioned to build a refrigeration system for a brewery in Ballarat. His system was soon in use for meat packing houses and breweries.