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Manwatu Gorge Bridge, New Zealand, 1876

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3089B/29

Scope and Contents

350 x 250 mm. A view looking along the river towards the bridge. Additional information is given on the caption: ‘This was designed for a combined road and railway bridge, and has been built over the Manawatu River, in the gorge, the river forming the boundary line between the provincial districts of Wellington and Hawke’s Bay. The total length of the bridge is 428 feet to centre of end piers... The centre span is constructed with wrought-iron lower stringers, and wooden combined radial bow string truss above the roadway, which is 14 ft 6 ins wide, being on top of the truss; the other spans are of wood, understrutted. The two main piers, as well as five other piers are of rubble masonry, set in Portland cement mortar, all founded on the rock. The contract was let on the 5th July 1873, and the bridge was completed on 31st May 1875, at a cost of £11,000. It was designed by John Carruthers Esq, Engineer in Chief, New Zealand, and was built by Henry Mcneil, Esq, Contractor’.


  • Creation: 1876


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

fair condition

Date information

DateText: The date is approximate..


Deveril, Herbert, d 1911, photographer

Finding aid date

2015-05-21 11:50:56+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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