An interesting early image of Brisbane's Victoria Bridge

There have been a number of Victoria Bridges on the site of the present bridge and the John Oxley Library holds an extensive collection of photographs of these bridges.  An interesting image which recently came to light is of the first permanent Victoria Bridge, opened in 1874 but washed away in the 1893 floods which devastated Brisbane.

7143 Panorama of the Victoria Bridge taken from the south-east ca. 1874. Image number 7143-0001-0001, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.

This image of the then newly completed bridge was taken from the south eastern side of the river ca. 1874.  A little known feature, revealed in this image, is the existence of a revolving mechanism by which the bridge could be opened to allow vessels to pass.

View the catalogue record for this photograph on our OneSearch Catalogue

Section of a panorama of the first permanent Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, ca. 1874. Image number 7143-0001-0003, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. 

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nice picture mate

The National Library of Australia has an album of George Verney photographs (Album 257c https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/3044189), which includes an image (drawing?) of "Brisbane Bridge" - a section of the bridge is in rotation.