A history of Geelong’s inventions, innovations, and promotions

Mon 23 March, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Presented By:
City of Greater Geelong
Geelong Library & Heritage Centre, 51 Little Malop St, Geelong

You will be surprised by Geelong’s fascinating history as Dr David Rowe presents the innovations and promotions associated with our pioneering industries, local inventors and creative heritage.

Regional & Creative: Wool, inventions, architectural design, exhibitions and promotions.

Creative life in Geelong was shaped by it becoming Victoria’s wool capital and a manufacturing centre, a basis for over 60 inventions. Architectural design and wool technology partly underpinned its pioneering educational system in support of its key industries. The City exploited its regional identity with nationally-recognised exhibitions and promotions.

Geelong’s designation as a UNESCO City of Design is underpinned by its history of innovation as a wool and industrial centre. It was the location for over 60 inventions (or inventors), some being world-firsts, including the refrigerator in 1851. Capitalising on its regional status, Geelong became a leader in architectural and wool education, research and technology, beginning at Gordon Technical College in 1891. This led to the first School of Architecture in Victoria and the founding of Australia’s foremost wool training centre. The city’s regional identity was celebrated in promotions and exhibitions in the early 20th Century as ‘Greater Geelong’.

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