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Princes Bridge

Melbourne, VIC, Australia


"Princes Bridge is an important bridge in central Melbourne, Australia that spans the Yarra River. It is built on the site of one of the oldest river crossings in Australia. The bridge connects Swanston Street on the north bank of the Yarra River to St Kilda Road on the south bank, and carries road, tram and pedestrian traffic. The present bridge was built in 1888 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register"


"The bridge was designed by John Grainger (1855–1917), the father of the Australian composer Percy Grainger, and built by David Munro. Construction on the new bridge began in 1886 and it was opened on 4 October 1888, in time for the second International Exhibition to be held in Melbourne." "The bridge was named Princes Bridge after Edward, Prince of Wales."


"Princes Bridge is 30 metres (99 ft) wide and 120 metres (400 ft) long, with bluestone squat half columns resting on piers supporting the three iron girder arches. The coat of arms on the bridge belong to the municipal councils who contributed towards the cost of construction. Other design features include an elaborate balustrade along the top of the bridge, and lamp standards crowning each pier.[4]


The bridge bears a close resemblance to Blackfriars Bridge in London, built around the same time, both excellent surviving examples of Arch Bridge design in the late 19th century.


The bridge underwent a restoration before the 2006 Commonwealth Games."



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Taken in August 2012