An historic road bridge, Queens Bridge was built in 1899 replacing an earlier wooden footbridge built in 1860 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.
On the north side of Queens Bridge is Queens Wharf and Enterprize Wharf with Banana Alley to the right. Heading south over the Yarra, the bridge is near the Crown Entertainment Complex at Southbank, and lies between Yarra Promenade and Southbank Promenade. The bridge is an an important traffic link connecting the north of Melbourne with the south. Tram No 55 runs from North Coburg and crosses over Queens Bridge to South Melbourne terminating at Domain Interchange.
This photo was taken from Yarra Promenade and is facing north.
Built by constructor David Munro, the bridge is a very flat arch, and has five spans constructed of wrought iron plate girders. The bridge rests on iron cylinders filled with concrete, in groups of eight, with arched bracing between.
This photo shows one of the wrought iron plate girder spans. Photo taken from Batman Park and is facing south west.
At each end of the bridge is decorative iron lacework, so beloved by the Victorians.
Melbourne certainly has grown since this photo was taken. (Photo courtesy of the National Library)
SOME FASCINATING HISTORY:
Are you aware that the famous Harry Houdini jumped off the Queens Bridge Melbourne one hundred years ago?
In 1910 Harry Houdini jumped off Queens Bridge bound in 25 pounds of chains and irons to a crowd of some 20,000 very excited onlookers. Crowds had started gathering early, it was a stinking hot day, so hot you could fry an egg on the footpath, (Melbourne was in the middle of a heatwave) and people from all walks of life lined the bridge and the banks of the Yarra to watch this amazing feat.
Harry arrived by car dressed in navy blue neck-to-knees (bathers), he then had handcuffs attached to his wrists, heavy chains wrapped and padlocked around his head and body and his arms immobilised. After diving into the water, the crowd held its breath. After what seemed an eternity, but was in actual fact only a few minutes, Harry's head surfaced and he triumphantly waved the chains around in his hand. You can read more about it here. (Photo courtesy of the State Library of Victoria)
Today's Quote: The easiest way to attract a crowd is to let it be known that at a given time and a given place someone is going to attempt something that in the event of failure will mean sudden death ~ Harry Houdini
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