Hornibrook Building Bridges


A decade of building major bridge infrastructure projects in Brisbane cemented Sir Manuel Richard Hornibrook (often known as ‘MR’) as a pioneering Queenslander into the history of the state. A self-starter who built the family business with his brothers, MR gained contracts all along the Brisbane River from wharves to terminals to wool stores and more. The company became known for bridge building and enterprise and gained the biggest contracts offered in the history of the state.

Julie Hornibrook, recipient of the 2015 Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship, developed a fitting tribute to her grandfather, MR, in the form of essays about three iconic landmarks of the greater Brisbane area. The essays are accompanied by historic photographs in these interesting showcases.

The William Jolly Bridge | The Hornibrook Highway | The Story Bridge