Early in 2019 Peter and Mike Baker engaged the services of family friend Shannon Lovelady; Author & Historian at the Museum of Perth to catalogue and write the history of AJ Baker & Sons to launch in time for our 100 year celebration night in 2020… unfortunately that didn’t happen. Despite everything going on in… read more »
100 Years Fresh
May 2020 marked 100 years in business for AJ Baker & Sons, a significant achievement and milestone. We are a proudly Western Australian owned and operated family business, with offices spanning across Australia.
Starting as a general mercantile business back in 1920, AJ Baker is now one of the most successful privately owned refrigeration contractors in Australia. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with top of the line products, sourced both locally and internationally.
Albert John Baker was a fabulous record keeper and we have discovered some amazing advertising campaigns from the 1930s which we have been sharing.
As for our 100 year Birthday party, we will review this when the time is right, in the meantime we hope you enjoy some of the amazing items we have uncovered.
The team at AJ Baker & Sons.
What a fabulous find! Gina and Andrew at Chittering Acres have re-purposed this original AJ Baker Compressor and are now using it as a fireplace! To our knowledge it is one of two remaining in existence, the second one our Service Manager, Glen Moscarda, restored to be a working model and is now on display… read more »
In August 2020 the announcement below by Peter Cooper, CEO of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA was published. “It is with genuine sadness that, in conjunction with the State Government, we confirm the cancellation of the 2020 Perth Royal Show”. As COVID forced another event cancellation we reflected on the 30 years AJ Baker… read more »
We found this handwritten advertising gem that AJ (Albert John) produced for AMAT-ICE, Mauri Brothers and Thomson Ltd which was founded in the 1800s. When the depression affected the Avery Scales business, AJ (Albert John) commenced the search for a new product line. He found an advertisement in a trade magazine for Mauri… read more »
While digitising our archives with the Museum of Perth we have found an array of not just amazing photographs but also some advertising brochures that were used in the 1950s. We found an entire design file of perfectly filed flyers. This is Chrysler Australia Limited, Airtemp Division brochure was aimed at commercial businesses such as… read more »
In 1953, Kelvinator appointed AJ Baker & Sons as the WA distributor for Leonard refrigerators. Did you know Charles Leonard, an ice box manufacturer from Grand Rapids, Michigan, had a refrigeration mishap in his own home which led to one of his greatest inventions? In 1881 someone put a bucket of hot lard in their… read more »
We are on the search for some of our original Baker nameplates. They are brass engraved plates with black fill, unfortunately the company who originally made the engraved nameplates is no longer in business. We have put the call out to the public to help us celebrate 100 years of business in Australia! We believe… read more »
May 2020 marks 100 Years in business for AJ Baker & Sons, a milestone we are very proud of. We will be sharing all of the material we have uncovered on this page for those that don’t use social media. Be sure to add the page to your bookmarks to follow along. We hope you… read more »
Launched in Perth in 1920, AJ Baker & Sons began as a trading company, then, in 1931, enlarged its business activities to encompass its present operation as a refrigeration and air-conditioning service provider and contractor. “We’re a fourth-generation family business, with both third and fourth generation members actively involved,” Managing Director Mike Baker said. “The… read more »