Image: Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge, Opening Ceremony 1888 Photographer John L Buckland. Public Doman via National Library of Australia collection.
The Building of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge: Finding the Morse Photo Albums
When the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge was completed in May 1889, it was the last link in a continuous railway network connecting areas north of Brisbane through Sydney and Melbourne to Adelaide and beyond. It was a necessary pre-requisite for federation and Henry Parkes said as much in his speech at the opening.
The bridge was built by American contractors, Sam Ryland and Edwin Morse, and they took a scrap book and photo albums of their work home at the end of the job. 125 years later Bill Phippen tracked the albums down in Kansas City and Washington, where a coalition of Sydney groups repatriated high resolution scans of the images and these inspired a book about the whole saga.
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Bill Phippen: Building of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge (COSHA)