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Archaeology of the Old Iceworks, 35 Hunter Street, Hobart


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McGowan, AA 1989 , 'Archaeology of the Old Iceworks, 35 Hunter Street, Hobart' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 123 , pp. 27-36 .

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The invention and development of refrigeration technology in the second half of the 19th century was a crucial factor
in the success of Australia's meat export trade, although in Tasmania it was the fruit trade which made the most use
of it. The Henry Jones Iceworks and cold-storage facility at 35 Hunter Street, Hobart, was probably established in 1903,
involving extensive alterations to the existing building. Six of the seven insulated rooms in the building still contained
refrigerant piping in 1986. This represented about one-twentieth of the volume of the original facility and was mostly
used for cold storage. However, there is also evidence that most, if not all of the firm's ice-making took place on this
site. The "Old Iceworks" was an important component of the industrial and commercial development of Hobart. Its
remains were representative of refrigerating technology and equipment found throughout Australia in the early
20th century and were the last surviving ammonia iceworks in Tasmania.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McGowan, AA
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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