Scope and Contents
A345 x 265 mm. A view looking along the bridge from the river bank, with two men sitting among tussocks of grass in the foreground. Additional information on the caption reads: ‘This bridge is a combined road and railway structure over the River Ashburton, in the Provincial District of Canterbury, on the main trunkline between Christchurch and Dunedin. Total length 2,026 feet, made up of 28 spans, 60 feet each, 4 of 15 feet each, and 22 of 13 feet each. Bridge opened for traffic on 31st May, 1875, cost about £21,500. Designed by John Carruthers, Esq, Engineer in Chief of New Zealand, and built by E.G. Wright, Contractor’.
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