The 'Timber Merchants' Association of Melbourne and Suburbs' presented a life size display of the ideal, modern, four-roomed timber dwelling at the Ideal Home & Building Exhibition, Melbourne Exhibition Buildings. This booklet contains a ground plan of the home, with details about the home's construction, and a short essay on the benefits of timber in home construction. Timber was valued for it's cheapness, the ability to create unusual designs, and the its suitability for the Australian climate. The Timber Merchants Associations was still active in 2014 (when this object was donated to Museum Victoria). At that time, the company noted that over 'the last 126 years the association has been involved in many issues on behalf of its members, promotion of timber, pricing, industrial affairs, government representation'.

Australia's recovery from the depression in the early 1930s was led by building manufacturers. In 1934, the Western Australian Royal institute of Architects built a model timber home in the Perth suburb of Floreat as an example of what could be achieved at low cost. The Model Timber Home built in Floreat cost less than 600 pounds to build. In 1936, the Timber Merchants Association arranged the display at the Ideal Home & Building Exhibition with the assistance of other manufacturers such as the Metropolitan Gas Co, Ltd and Ormond Plant Farm.

Physical Description

A black and white, stapled, glossy booklet. The front cover has a black and white photograph of the exhibit and black text.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Royal Exhibition Building Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions, Royal Exhibition Building

  • Acquisition Information

    Cultural Gifts Donation from Susan Lancaster, 05 May 2015

  • Exhibitor

    The Timber Merchants' Association, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 Feb 1936 - 7 Mar 1936

  • Place & Date of Event

    Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 21 Feb 1936 - 7 Mar 1936

  • Inscriptions

    Printed on the obverse:The/ TIMBER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION/ of Melbourne and Suburbs/ Founded 1883/ Exhibit at the/ IDEAL HOME AND BUILDING EXHIBITION/ MELBOURNE/ February 21st to March 7th/ 1936 Printed on the reverse:The members of the/ TIMBER MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION/ OF MELBOURNE AND SUBURBS/ who welcome enquiries in connection with all matters concerning/ the uses of timber and home building/ Australian Furniture Timbers Pty. Ltd Port Melbourne/ Bamford P., Pty Ltd., Ringwood./ Bancroft H.C & Co Clifton Hill./ Bowen & Pomeroy Pty. Ltd North Melbourne./ Brunswick Timber Co. Pty Ltd., Brunswick/ Burnley Timber YArd., Burnley/ Chandler, J.H.,Pty Ltd Ivanhoe./ Chitty C & Co Pty. Ltd., Ivanhoe/ Clark, T.P & Co., South Melbourne./ Cook, Wm., Pty. Ltd.,Preston./ Cove & Kitt, Darling/ Cox, F. K., & Co. Pty Ltd., Newmarket/ Earl, J. E., Pty. Ltd., Port Melbourne./ Eastern Timber Mills Pty. Ltd., Camberwell./ Evans, D & J., Upper Hawthorn/ Gleeson E., Caufield/ Glenbervie Timber Co. Pty Ltd., Essendon/ Hayball Bros., North Brighton./ Hick, A. W Estate of the late, Williamstown./ Hills, F.C., Footscray./ Inglis, W. J Pty. Ltd.,Preston/ Junction Joinery & Timber Mills Pty. Ltd., Footscray. W./ King, Clive, Oakleigh/ Leleu, F.J & F.N Pty. Ltd., Balwyn/ Millars' Timber & Trading Co. Ltd., South Melbourne./ Moore, James & Sons Pty Ltd., Richmond./ Munro, T., & Sons Pty. Ltd., Northcote/ McConchie, J., & Sons Ltd., Richmond/ McNair, A. A Pty Ltd., North Fitzroy/ MacPherson & Lawrie Pty Ltd.,Brighton./ Neelands, W.S., Pty. Ltd., Northcote/ Newport Timber Co. (F.W Beecroft), Newport./ Northern Timber Mills, East Brunswick/ Page, G.R.,Ivanhoe/ Panther, S., Fairfield./ Parker & Bird Pty. Ltd., Hawthorn/ Provan , D & Sons Pty. Ltd Clifton Hill/ Rouch, C., Pty. Ltd., West Melbourne and Heidelberg./ Sandringham Timber Co (H.Kirkham), Sandringham./ Sharp, John & Sons Ltd., South Melbourne/ Smith Bros. Pty Ltd., South Yarra/ Snipe, S.L.,Pty. Ltd., East Malvern/ Stone, John, Fitzroy/ Sturrock, A & Sons Pty. Ltd.,Brunswick./ Sunshine Timber Co. Pty. Ltd., Sunshine./ Tharratt, H.E., Deepdene/ Turner, J. & Sons Pty Ltd., Essendon./ Vine, W. J., Pty. Ltd., Surrey Hills./ Webster, J.J., Pty Ltd., Elsternwick./ Williams, Geo., Alphington./ Stuart Taylor Pty. Ltd., Fine Printers, Melbourne.

  • Classification

    Royal exhibition building, Exhibitions & trade shows, Building industry

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    1200 mm (Width), 1900 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Royal Exhibition Building, Timber Industry, Trade Fairs, Building & Construction, Home Shows