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Siebe Brothers

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1861. Harrison's ice-making machine.
1868. Ice- Making Machine at Truman's Brewery.

Siebe Brothers, refrigeration engineers, Mason St, Lambeth, London (1868[1])

First commercial refrigeration machine based on vapour compression by James Harrison and Siebe Brothers. Siebe manufactured the Australian James Harrison's ice-making machine, which used ether as working fluid.

1861 Employing 18 men and 4 boys.[2]

1862 Daniel Siebe gained a patent on refrigerating[3].

1862 Was one of the exhibitors of artificial ice making machines at the International Exhibition[4]. D. Siebe, "exhibitor of Harrison ... machine for making ice"[5].

1869 Letter to a journal from Siebe Brothers about use of refrigeration equipment in breweries[6].

1872 Siebe Brothers installed 2 patent refrigerating machines at Allsopp's Brewery[7].

1873 Reference to the late Daniel Siebe's ice making machine[8] - presumably this was the son of Augustus Siebe as Daniel Siebe's widow (Jane) was mentioned in Augustus Siebe's will[9].

1873 Messrs Siebe and West established a new public company, the International Ice Co Ltd., to supply continental and other towns with ice-making machines[10].

1875 Jane Siebe left the partnership with H. J. West and G. C. J. de J. Vallon, refrigerating engineers[11] which continued as West and Du Vallon

1883 By this time Siebe and Gorman was providing refrigeration machinery; other refrigeration exhibitors at the International Fisheries Exhibition were Messrs Woolf and Co[12].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Standard, 31 July 1868
  2. 1861 Census
  3. The Standard, 25 March 1862
  4. The Caledonian Mercury, 21 June 1862
  5. The Morning Post, 12 July 1862
  6. Journal of the Society of Arts, Volume 17, p 135
  7. Berrow's Worcester Journal, 1 June 1872
  8. The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, 4 August 1873
  9. The Morning Post, 2 July 1872
  10. Standard, 2 September 1873
  11. The Morning Post, 4 December 1875
  12. The Standard, 3 September 1883