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James Harrison Geelong Pioneer

James Harrison Geelong Pioneer

Today, people might only recognise James Harrison from the bridge over the Barwon that was named in his honour; however there is much more to him than that – he was also a successful journalist, politician and inventor.

James Harrison(1816-1893) Geelong pioneer and an icon is buried in our Eastern Cemetery in Geelong. James Harrison’s story featured on the 13th March 2021, as part of the History Alive Tours organised by Geelong Cemeteries Trust.

Read more on our tours here

If you are interested in learning more about his life story, the National Trust Victoria are holding exhibitions as part of Geelong Design Week 2021 – UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong. – click here

Exhibition 1: James Harrison Inventor – Editor – Entrepreneur

History buffs (and people interested in design, science and engineering) must not miss this online live-streamed event about the brilliant inventor James Harrison.

The Geelong and Region Branch of the National Trust (GRBNT) presents this online streamed session (March 19, 7 pm AEDT).

The online event is on 19th March 2021 from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Trybooking,

All information here

Exhibition 2: James Harrison’s Momentous Achievements – Models, Medals, Memorabilia

A timeline of Harrison’s journey through his 19th Century world included pioneering in Geelong in 1840 and founding The Geelong Advertiser.

Harrison family memorabilia is also on display in Geelong for just one week.  Many items are on loan from his descendants, as is a model held by Museums Victoria (Scienceworks) which is installing it at Barwon Grange for the Exhibition.

The exhibition venue, Barwon Grange, is a National Trust property on the Barwon River. It was being built in 1854 at the same time as Harrison was experimenting nearby. It has a lovely garden and surrounds, and a high rating as a place to visit on Trip Adviser.

The exhibition runs from the 20-28th March 2021 at Barwon Grange, 25 Fernleigh St. Newtown. Tickets are $6 at Trybooking

All information click here 

These events are part of Geelong Design Week 2021, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong.

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