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black and white photograph

From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

Description
A black / white photograph of a wooden bridge across a river. At the bottom right is a man with his back to the camera. He is looking at flood debris on the bank. At the bottom left are two men near a pylon.
Size
H-90mm W-140mm
Object Registration
3166
Keywords
bridge-mckillop's snowy-river-bridge
Historical information
This is a photograph of McKillop's Bridge probably taken just after its rebuilding.
The current McKillop’s Bridge was built by the Country Roads Board in two stages between 1931-36, during which its height was raised after the original bridge superstructure was washed away in record floods of January 1934, prior to its original official opening. In its reconstructed form the original concrete abutments were turned into additional piers and the welded-steel trusses were cantilevered back over them to meet the new higher road approaches.
"McKillops Bridge was Heritage listed due to its social and technological significance – the steel trusses' arc-welded construction technique was a pretty big deal in the 1930s. It was once an important route for cattlemen, who used the ford across the Snowy in the years preceding the bridge's existence"
When Made
mid 1930s
Significance
This is a pictorial record of McKillop's Bridge just after its construction.
Inscriptions & Markings
on back - McKillops Bridge
Last updated
17 Feb 2020 at 1:22PM