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The Spencer Street Bridge was built by the Victorian Railways Construction Branch in 1929-30. The Spencer Street Bridge was the first permanent structure over the Yarra built below "the falls" (a natural rock barrier that formed the upstream limit of practical river navigation), making it the first bridge to effectively cut the city off from direct contact with its port.
The bridge is of technical significance as the earliest known variable depth steel plate girder bridge in Victoria and one of the earliest examples of composite road bridge design in which plate girders were "keyed" to a cast insitu reinforced concrete deck by shear connectors to form an integral structure with enhanced stiffness.
The Spencer Street Bridge is also of historical significance for its role in the political and local infighting, which will be shared by Fiona Campbell, who has made a detailed study of the history of the Spencer Street bridge and discovered the surprising history of the bridge.
Learn more about Fiona's findings, including how the disputes about the bridge's funding and the need to maintain shipping access to Queens Wharf prevented the construction of the bridge until 1929-30.
Image credit: City of Melbourne Art and Heritage Collection
Fiona Campbell has worked at East Melbourne Library since 2005. Through her role as local history librarian she has discovered her inner history detective and loves to inspire interest in Melbourne’s stories and promote the importance of heritage preservation. Her work includes managing archival collections, events programming and assisting the public with research enquiries.
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