Saturday, 3 September 2016

Walsh and Mort

I have been somewhat more cognizant of architecture and interiors following my visit to Rose Seidler House. Everyone notices the view from the Walsh and Mort Room of course, but it is equally a beautifully designed space.

The room takes its name partially from 19th century Australian industrialist Thomas Sutcliffe Mort - the Mort & Co Woolshed was demolished in 1959 to make way for the AMP Building.

Mort was an interesting figure who integrated the new technology of refrigeration into his meat and dairy operations. The French engineer Eugene Dominic Nicolle’s experiments were financed by Mort, with the first ice-making patent registered in 1861. This lead to the establishment of the first freezing works in the world at Darling Harbour. 

Mort was able to subsequently produce meat it one area and ship it to another – even as far as London. A special picnic was organised in 1875 for 300 guests to demonstrate his capacities. Mort commissioned a special train from Sydney to deliver food to be served that had been refrigerated at his plant for over a year. Quite the miraculous achievement at the time!

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