History


The Devilee Family has proudly been servicing the Mildura, Sunraysia and Berri, Renmark and Loxton Riverland regions for over 50 years, with an unwavering focus on honest, experienced advice and the highest standards of quality products.

The Devilee story started back in 1955, with a young, 20-year-old John Devilee, who was fresh from a boat that had brought him out from Holland, in search of a better life.

Within a day, the qualified refrigeration mechanic had secured his first job in Geelong, discovering men with his skill set were in high demand.

Within 2 years, John had embraced his new country, fallen in love and was set to chase down further opportunities on the back of a motorcycle. John and partner, Helen, arrived in Mildura in 1957 and quickly found that as a refrigeration mechanic, choosing Mildura, a rapidly expanding town with a warm climate, was a stroke of genius. He was perfectly placed to create the life he had dreamed about.

John began working for a business in Mildura, undertaking refrigeration repairs until he won his own independent contract, selling and installing a cool room in a general store.

This contract was a life changing moment that made him choose between the securities of regular employment or taking the giant step of establishing his own business.

John never shied away from the giant steps and in 1961 he started trading as John Devilee Refrigeration. His work ethic and commitment to sourcing the best brands for Mildura’s challenging climate meant that his business was an immediate success. Expansion continued over a number of years, with workshops and show rooms added as the business grew.

By 1969, Devilee's had opened a branch in the South Australian Riverland town of Berri and in 1978 a large showroom was opened in Mildura, cementing Devilee’s place in the landscape of the region’s premier refrigeration and mechanical contractors.

In 1995, the baton was passed on to the next generation when John’s son, Peter, purchased John Devilee Refrigeration with his wife Fiona and took over the running of the business.

With an ever-expanding focus, Peter and Fiona changed the business name to Devilee’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration and have carried on, proudly leading the family business into a new century.

Since the transition from father to son, Devilee’s has gone from strength to strength. It now meets the requirements of all aspects of mechanical services and air conditioning. From heating and cooling, gas and electrical, kitchen appliances and cool rooms, Devilee’s has a dedicated team that works to provide the perfect solution, whatever the application.

Devilee’s is recognized as the only contractor qualified to carry out major project works in the Sunraysia region and this recognition has seen its reputation extend across the country.

Devilee’s has worked on major projects across 5 states, including key involvement in hospital and shopping plaza developments.

With a history of professionalism and reliability behind them, the Devilee’s team  are still the only name to trust when it comes to your project. Big or small, residential or commercial, industrial or boutique, every project is a Devilee’s project.

© 2016 VIC: John Devilee Refrigeration Pty Ltd trading as Devilee’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration | SA: Riverland Air Conditioning Pty Ltd trading as Devilee’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (Riverland)

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