James Harrison: Geelong UNESCO Design Week

The Geelong & Region Branch will hold two events celebrating the remarkable life and career of the inventor of refrigeration, Scottish-born James Harrison. These events will explore the many contributions to Geelong made by this unpredictable ‘pioneering genius’.

Online Session

James Harrison: Inventor – Editor – Entrepreneur

James Harrison’s fascinating story includes his professional life as the founding editor of the Geelong Advertiser in 1840 (he owned it 1842 – 61) and his journeys to England pursuing the development of his refrigeration inventions. He was also a Town Councillor, politician, philanthropist and advocate for Geelong. Local admirers will take you on some of Harrison’s life journey.

When: Friday 19 March, 7 pm (timed so that Harrison’s Scottish compatriots can view the event).
Where: Online live-streamed session. The link will be sent to all ticket holders on the day before this event.
Tickets: $6 via Trybookings here


James Harrison’s Momentous Achievements – machines, medals, memorabilia

The exhibition will feature a timeline of Harrison’s life, memorabilia from his printing and journalism career, and patents and models of refrigeration machinery invented by this untrained draughtsman, engineer and visionary.

The exhibition will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria.

When: Saturday 20 to Sunday 21 March & Wednesday 24 to Sunday 28 March (see session times below)
Where: The Conservatory, Barwon Grange, 25 Fernleigh Street, Newtown
Tickets: $6 via Trybooking here.


Exhibition Session Times

Saturday 20 March 2021 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sunday 21 March 2021 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday 24 March 2021 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday 25 March 2021 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday 26 March 2021 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday 27 March 2021 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday 28 March 2021 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM


See the complete Geelong UNESCO Design Week Program here.

Discover more Geelong & Region activities here.



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