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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jackadgery: The Bridge That Steve Bellamy Built


Here are the remains of the old low level Jackadgery bridge, replaced by a new flood free bridge when the Gywdir Highway was built in the early 1960's.
I have a personal connection to these old concrete piers. My grandfather, Stephen Conroy Bellamy, built them with a Jack Eaves in the 1930's.


In those far off days everything would've been done by hand and it must have been very hard work. At least they didn't have to go far for the river shingle to mix with the cement.
Steve learnt how to build bridges in the Great Depression on the massive Grafton Bridge project, it would've been his 108th birthday a few weeks ago.




13 comments:

  1. I enjoy walking in the footsteps of my ancestors and it seems you do also.

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  2. I guess your family has been in Australia for a few generations!

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  3. this looks like a major undertaking. was he still alive when this bridge was replaced?

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  4. Hello Mark, greetings from Jerusalem.
    I'm glad to meet your blog today through Sunday Bridges.

    This is a wonderful history about your grandfather and his bridge. How good it is to be a builder of something solid and useful.

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  5. It's good to point to something historical and be able to claim a family connection to it.

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  6. your grandpa will be looking from Heaven and wish the authorities will restore the bridge.

    May be you should start a campaign

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  7. I find it so sad that superseded bridges are demolished. So silly not to leave them as footbridges for birdwatchers, anglers and photographers or just those who take pleasure in watching the waters flow. So much damage is done by uprooting railway tracks and lovely old wooden trestle bridges.

    Isn't it special to have a personal connection to such a structure?

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  8. Hi Lesley. Steve lived for another 30 years after his bridge was replaced in 1961. I'm sure he didn't mind as he was a great believer in progress and even though he didn't build the next one i bet his earthmoving company still was involved and made some money out of it.
    Arija, that is a great idea for a footbridge but the floods in the Mann River are very violent and I don't think it would last.

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  9. Interesting to see the remains of the bridge

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  10. Wow - interesting and moving photos!

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  11. A fascinating post with the personal connection to it!

    «Louis» thanks you for your contribution to Sunday Bridges.

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  12. An interesting posting for Louis la Vache's "Sunday Bridges" meme! I'm hoping to post a bridge next Sunday! Hope you have a good week ahead!

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