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A double celebration for A.G. Coombs

Mechanical and building services contractor A.G. Coombs has two reasons to celebrate. In a year in which the firm is celebrating 75 years in operation, this week the organisation is acknowledging what would have been founder Allan George Coombs’ 100th birthday.   “Allan Coombs was instrumental in the establishment of the HVAC industry in Australia […]

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Vale to Harrison’s grandson

The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) industry owes much to James Harrison (1816–1893). He emigrated to Australia from Scotland in 1837 and later developed the first successful large-scale ice making machinery sold to industry. He also founded The Geelong Advertiser, was an editor at the The Age and was a member for the town of […]

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AIRAH celebrates James Harrison Day

The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) has celebrated the birthday of James Harrison on April 17 by sharing stories and videos about the Australian refrigeration pioneer, including a digital version of his biography. Harrison emigrated to Australia from Scotland in 1837 and later developed the first successful large-scale ice making machinery […]

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Aussie ingenuity on show

The History Channel is running a new series called Aussie Inventions That Changed The World, and it includes an episode dedicated to refrigeration. “Historically, Australia has punched well above its weight on the world stage of timely innovations, scientific breakthroughs, and cleverly designed new technologies,” say the creators. “Throughout its history this continent has produced […]