You are here: 
text zoom : S | M | L
Printer Friendly Version

Urrbrae House
Waite Campus
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5064
AUSTRALIA
Email

Telephone: +61 8 8313 7497
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 7110



The Urrbrae House
Historic Precinct
is now on facebook

Please click on "like"
and visit us on facebook

www.facebook.com/urrbraehouse

Refrigeration Plant

The refrigeration plant in the basement rooms of Urrbrae House was designed and installed by Wildridge & Sinclair of Sydney for Peter Waite in 1895. It was the first domestic refrigeration plant in Australia. The plant consists of four rooms:

  • plant room containing the compressor, electric motor and other equipment
  • freezer or chiller room and
  • two coldrooms

The refrigeration plant was restored by a group of enthusiastic volunteers led by Ray White of White Refrigeration and the late Dr John Pickles. The restoration was completed in 1996 and is recognised with a Historic Engineering Marker plaque at the entrance to Urrbrae House.

Currently, the refrigeration plant is not open to the general public. Major salt damp treatment of the basement levels of Urrbrae House in recent years necessitated the dismantling and storage of the refrigeration plant equipment. Once moisture levels have stabilised, repair work to the walls of the plant rooms will be undertaken and the equipment will be reinstated.


Refrigeration Plant

Chiller Room
Chiller Room

Cooling Coil
Cooling Coil

Ventilation
Ventilation

Refrigeration Plant Room
Refrigeration Plant

Refrigeration Plant Rooms
Refrigeration Plant Rooms