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Campbell Bridge - By Peter Jones

There are two bridges at Bingara, the main bridge over the Gwydir River, (Campbell Bridge) and the smaller over Halls Creek. They are generally known collectively as ‘Campbell Bridge’.

The Campbell Bridge is of signifcant heritage value, not just because of its type of construction but also for its social and economic relevance to the town of Bingara and those communities that it links.  Campbell Bridge will celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2012. 

Campbell Bridge
The bridge was originally painted white but this changed during world war two as
a white bridge was very visible from aerial perspective.

While many would like to see the bridge painted in its white livery again and some despair over its apparent poor state, it is a fact of life that the Roads and Traffic Authority does not have funds beyond basic maintenance. An estimated cost of $11,000,000 has been quoted by the RTA to re-paint the bridge.

It is very sad that this significant bridge does not have a sign bearing its name, nor a plaque to tell its story. The Bingara District Historical Society is working to rectify this omission.

The news items below are a series of newspapers article, written by Peter Jones, President of the Bingara District Historical Society, which appeared in the Bingara Advocate.

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Campbell Bridge – 125th Anniversary (4-Nov-11) [Read more...]
The Bridge finally opens The following extracts are from the report by the Bingera Correspondent, dated 8th November, which appeared in the Maitland Mercury & Hunter River Advertiser on 19th November 1886. The correspondent was present on the opening day and gives a very detailed account of proceedings;

Some background on Mr W. R. Campbell (4-Nov-11)
I have discovered some detailed information on Mr W. R. Campbell from an article in The Town and Country Journal of 24th May 1890 as follows;
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Campbell Bridge - Technical Details (4-Nov-11)
There are two bridges at Bingara, the main bridge over the Gwydir River, (Campbell Bridge) and the smaller over Halls Creek. They are generally known collectively as ‘Campbell Bridge’.
[Read more...]

Thomas Hartwell’s recollections (3-Nov-11) [Read more...]
Thomas Hartwell worked on Campbell Bridge and supplied timber for its construction. His recollections of the bridge construction appeared in The Bingara Advocate, June, 26 1935. As you will see even he has the bridge opening details incorrect, which would seem very surprising as you would expect he was there for the opening.

 



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