Tag: History

Pre-order Cool Mavericks now!

Purchasers of Cool Mavericks who wish to take delivery of their book at the official launch during Wire & Gas 2024 can save on shipping and have their copy signed by authors Mark Mitchell and Ken Newton. In response to feedback, the online pre-order page at https://vasa.org.au/cool-mavericks/ has been updated to include the option of Continue reading Collect your copy of Cool Mavericks at Wire & Gas 2024 to save on shipping!

Pre-order your auto-AC history books!

Cool Mavericks coffee table book

If you want the most compelling, enthralling guide to the fascinating history of automotive air-conditioning, you will want to pre-order Cool Mavericks, the upcoming book produced in partnership with VASA that explores how air-conditioning became a standard feature in every new car on sale today. The product of many years’ research and interviews with pioneers Continue reading Pre-order your auto-AC history books!

Six decades separate the launch of the two rockets pictured below. They look similar and both have the task of escaping Earth’s gravity so their payloads – sometimes including humans – can enter orbit. The NASA Saturn and SpaceX Falcon are technical marvels of their time. It is a similar story with the cold air Continue reading Air Conditioning History Book project a chance for your name to (literally) be in the history books

Excerpts from the Air Conditioning History Book

The Air Conditioning History Book project first announced at Wire & Gas 2015 is nearing completion and to support the production and printing of what is a significant record of Australasia’s technical and industrial development, VASA launched a crowdfunding campaign at Wire & Gas 2022. During a presentation by former VASA CEO Ken Newton and Continue reading VASA’s Air Conditioning History Book project crowdfunding campaign launched at Wire & Gas 2022

Bruce Marland Humphreys

An Australian mobile air conditioning pioneer who once claimed his company was the biggest air conditioner of ambulances in the world, Bruce Marland Humphreys, head of the former Melbourne automotive empire of Marlandaire died on 14 January this year. The claim has not only gone unchallenged, but reading Marlandaire’s client list confirms that the company Continue reading Vale Bruce Marland Humphreys — a true Australian pioneer