Redesdale Bridge, Redesdale

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The Redesdale Bridge is one of the oldest iron lattice-truss bridges in Victoria, Australia. The Redesdale Bridge is a wrought iron and timber structure with bluestone abutments, located over the Campaspe River near the town of Redesdale.HistoryThe bridge was completed in January 1868, despite a carved commemoration stone having the date 1867. In early 2015, the name of Redesdale Bridge was adopted by the Office of Geographic Names and formally gazetted in the Victorian Government Gazette on 19 March 2015.The trusses for the bridge were originally imported for the Hawthorn Bridge over the Yarra River connecting the suburbs of Richmond and Hawthorn in 1859. The ship Herald of the Morning, at the end of its second voyage to Australia in 1859, whilst bringing 419 immigrants and a mixed cargo that included the wrought iron trusses, caught fire and sank in Hobsons Bay. As a result, the Hawthorn bridge was delayed for several years while new trusses were made and shipped out to Australia.Ten years later the original trusses were salvaged from the Herald of the Morning at the bottom of Hobsons Bay and sold privately to the Melbourne foundry Langlands & Co. The wreck was advertised for sale on 29 November 1859. Two hundred tons of ironwork were purchased by the goldfields shires of McIvor and Metcalfe for £1000. Prominent Melbourne engineer T B Muntz designed the bridge and a contractor named Doran won the construction contract. The final cost of the bridge was £6274.
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  • This Redesdale Bridge is an old bridge going back to 1868 (despite it saying 1867 on the plaque) passes over the Campaspie River between Kyneton and Heatcote both important gold mining towns back then...  more »
  • If you are on the Redesdale - Heathcote Rd you will drop in to the valley to cross the Campaspe River over the historic bridge. Interesting steel lattice and timber construction with separate lanes: n...  more »
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