The Victoria Bridge

The Victoria Bridge, the Brisbane River’s first road crossing, has had a long and interesting history. 

 

The first temporary wooden bridge was opened on 24th June 1865 with the dual purpose of providing a vehicle crossing as well as scaffolding for the erection of a permanent structure.  The wooden structure, weakened by the action of Teredo worms, collapsed in 1867.  The first permanent bridge was opened in 1874 and would later be washed away in the 1893 floods.. 

Remains of the first permanent Victoria Bridge, swept away in the 1893 Brisbane floods. Image Number 145379

The second permanent structure was opened on 22nd June 1897.  This bridge was eventually demolished in 1969, being replaced by the present Victoria Bridge.

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