James Harrison Day


James Harrison Day 

James Harrison Day is celebrated annually on April 17, which marks the anniversary of James Harrison’s birthday on April 17, 1816. Harrison is known as the founding father of refrigeration. He was the first to create ice via mechanical means, laying the foundation for the Australian HVAC&R industry.

About James Harrison Day

James Harrison Day is intended to encourage practitioners and organisations worldwide that manufacture, design, install, and maintain refrigeration equipment and services to schedule some type of recognition event within their own organisations or coordinated locally with others to truly demonstrate appreciation for the achievements of the refrigeration industry.

This website provides a forum to share ideas, contacts, information, and resources to help you get your organisation's James Harrison Day off and running, and to help people in your area to receive acknowledgement and appreciation for their work in the refrigeration industry.

If your organisation is planning an event to commemorate International Refrigeration Day, please contact airah@airah.org.au to have your event posted on our announcement board and through other AIRAH communications. 

More information

For more information about refrigeration, please watch the Secret Life Of Machines - The Refrigerator.

Suggested events:
Presentations about the value of refrigeration in both commercial and everyday use, recognition breakfasts, morning teas and lunches to celebrate what your company has achieved through James Harrison’s endeavours, coordinated professional association events or recognition at previously scheduled events. 

World-wide recognition of the many people and organisations who contribute their time, energy, creativity, innovation, and countless hours to deliver products, services, facilities, and provide refrigeration services in every city and community around the world.

James Harrison Day is celebrated on April 17 each year.

Please join us to celebrate on Friday, April 17, 2020.

    AIRAH is also a proud supporter of World Refrigeration Day, taking place on June 26. Launched in 2019, this initiative aims to raise awareness around the importance of refrigeration and brings together organisations, companies and practitioners from around the globe.