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History of the Wintergarden

1854 Official opening of the McKillop St. Congregational Church,
1878 The Victorian Colonial Government purchases the building and converts it to a Drill Hall and Orderly Room for the Geelong Corps of The Royal Victorian Volunteer Artillery Regiment.
1879 A prefabricated Iron Building, originally manufactured in Edinborough by Charles D Young and Company, is attached to the rear of the Drill Hall as the gun room.
1907 The Bollington Hop Beer Company operates in the building. When the fruit was in the season the company employed nearly 50 people.
1914 Taits Soft Drink Company takes over Bollington.
1920 After the First World War, McLintocks Vinegar Pty Ltd makes lemon seltzer drinks, malt vinegar and McLintocks Jellies in the building.
1949 From this time Carews Dry Cleaning use the building for their dry cleaning business.
1989 The building is completely renovated and re-opened as the Geelong Wintergarden, housing several integrated retail businesses.

What’s Better: Green Timber Or Dry Timber For Wintergarden

Green and dry wood have their strengths and weaknesses, we will take a look at both of them in today’s guide by Timber Supplies Brisbane. In order to understand which wood is best for your project, you will first need to understand what types of woods are there and the wood that’s best for your project.


Greenwood is referred to as wood which has recently been cut down or fell and has not been seasoned at all. The act of seasoning wood refers to the drying of the internal moisture present in the wood. Greenwood is considered to have around 100% moisture content when compared to dried air or seasoned wood.

Dry wood/Timber

This is wood having less than 20% moisture content. To obtain a wood product which has a moisture content of less than 20%, it has to be dried or seasoned. To season, there are two methods, the first is to air dry and then the other is oven/kiln dried.
Which of these wood should you use?
As already mentioned, the different types of wood are to be used depending on what the purpose of the wood is for or the project which you are working on. In the next few paragraphs, we will show you how to make a choice.


100% green wood moisture means it is flexible and lightweight, which makes the job very easy. However, keep in mind that you are more likely to have fun when this wood is involved. It is also important to know that the greener the wood, the more easily it is to warp or crack as the moisture dries up. For furniture and construction projects, this is certainly not the best option. It has an unstable nature, which means that the wood can warp, thereby naturally breaking the structural integrity of the building.

Therefore it is important to stay clear of green wood for any furniture or building projects, except if you are advanced in it and want a distressed look in the building or project. The moisture content of green wood is also a reason why it is the worst option for burning. The moisture in the wood does not only make the wood release less heat but can also make creosote a by-product of the evaporation. Deposits of creosote in chimneys may cause fire outbreak under appropriate conditions.

Air-dried wood

The Air-dried wood contains far less moisture than what is contained in greenwood, but a little more than kiln drying, which is not only faster but also a more aggressive drying method. It is this latent moisture that makes it quite easier to work with instead of the oven-dried alternative. Air-dried wood is strong and stable, and very suitable for construction projects like furniture because it is easy to work with and does not pass through the kiln process, a process that damages the wood. When it is to be used as fuel, air-dried wood is a much better alternative to the greenwood. The weathering process eliminates moisture and the other elements, thereby making the fuel more efficient and safer to use.

Kiln Dried Wood

The kiln-dried wood is easily the standard for construction in the industry. It is a very stable and consistent product after the drying process. The smaller woodwork projects which require chisels may be done using air-dried wood because kiln-dried wood can be very hard on tools. The kiln-dried wood are also the most efficient in terms of burning as fuel, it has almost 100% heat-producing efficiency.