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Brisbane's Victoria Bridge

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published August 12th 2019
Bridge spanning the decades
Brisbane's Victoria Bridge is every bit an icon of Brisbane as it's more prominent near neighbour, the Story bridge.

Brisbane's Victoria Bridge
Brisbane's Victoria Bridge

Spanning the Brisbane River and originally known as the Brisbane Bridge, the timber structure was the first permanent crossing linking South Brisbane with the City, opening in June 1865.

Brisbane's Victoria Bridge
Original bridge

As a temporary structure, it lasted just a few years with its girder based replacement opening in June 1874. However, the Great Flood of 1893 destroyed the bridge and left the city without a bridge until 1897, with its replacement lasting until the current bridge was completed in 1969.

Tragedy is part of the bridge's heritage with 23 lost on the SS Pearl, as it sunk in the Brisbane River after a collision with the steamer Lucinda.

A memorial remembers the life of 11-year-old Hector Vasyli who was struck by a car in the returning soldiers' parade in 1913.

Brisbane's Victoria Bridge
Heritage arch

The current bridge was opened on 1969 with a remnant arch on the south side of its predecessor with part of a tram track and a memorial to Hector Vasyli.

Brisbane's Victoria Bridge
South Bank views

A stroll across Victoria Bridge takes less than 10 minutes and provides a wonderful view of the city, South Bank, the Brisbane River and the City Cats as they plough majestically along the river.

Read more on the history of the bridge on the South Brisbane website.
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