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Tharwa Bridge

I had some time between jobs photographing houses yesterday. Since I was already out at Banks, I thought I'd swing past the Murrumbidgee River and spend 15 minutes appreciating the flowing water. Its one of the perks of being your own boss.

Tharwa BridgeTharwa bridge opened in 27 March 1895, now listed as Heritage

Crossing the river is Tharwa Bridge, and thats where I parked to enjoy my few moments of peace. Over the bridge is the sleepy little town of Tharwa,  just south of Canberra. This bridge is one of two ways back into the city and without it, you need to travel quite some time to get into Canberra.

Tharwa BridgeTharwa bridge opened in 27 March 1895, now listed as Heritage
Tharwa BridgeTharwa bridge opened in 27 March 1895, now listed as Heritage

The bridge was built in March, 1895 and has since been listed as a Heritage site. There isn't much heritage in Canberra and its one of the few aging structures left standing from that era.

In 2005, the bridge was closed for repair. To the annoyance of Tharwa residences, it was decided at one time during the closure that another bridge be built to replace it but a public backlash seen the bridge repaired, reopened, closed, reopened once again and finally completed in 2011. 6 years of government bureaucracy at its best. ;)

Tharwa BridgeTharwa bridge opened in 27 March 1895, now listed as Heritage
Tharwa BridgeTharwa bridge opened in 27 March 1895, now listed as Heritage

Thankfully it's here to continue to appreciate, and hopefully the heritage listing will see it regularly maintained. Its nice to stop and appreciate the age of this structure and the engineering that went into both building it and keeping it here for the foreseeable future.

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