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A Special Arch by Victoria Bridge

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published July 20th 2015
A touching bit of Brisbane History
I cross Victoria Bridge often to go to the Galleries or to South Bank events but when I went over this weekend something had changed.

At the end of the bridge, on the left hand side, as you approach South Ban there is a little walk way. I went along to see what was written and I read about the story of the Bridge.

First constructed in 1865 of wood, then replaced by an iron bridge that got swept away in the floods of 1893. A new stronger bridge was built in 1897 and lasted until the 1960s, but that too had to be replaced as it would no longer take the volume of traffic.

When the new bridge was built the southern arch was kept. This part of the bridge was retained for another reason, as this was the place where a small plaque commemorates the life of a little Greek boy, Hector Vasyli who was a keen patriot.

He had saved up all his pocket money to give to the returning soldiers and he went out with his family to enjoy the parade, but sadly he was killed in a traffic accident while waving to the servicemen.

A moving plaque appears on the Arch with the story of the little boy and the way he lost his life while welcoming returning servicemen.

The abutment is heritage-listed.

Next time you are crossing the bridge, step in for a moment and read the story and see the moving tribute to this little boy.
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