Australia post issued a set of stamps focusing three architecturally and historically significant Australian Bridges of the 20th century.
The bridges featured on stamps are Tasman Bridge in Tasmania, Gladesville Bridge in New South Wales and Story Bridge in Queensland.
The bridges are depicted very beautifully on the uniquely designed stamps featuring photographic as well as graphic elements of the bridges.
Historic Australian Bridges 2016
While bridges have been a feature of civilisation for millennia, the development of materials, technologies and engineering knowledge has led to radical shifts in design and construction.
In Australia, the first bridge constructed after European settlement was Richmond Bridge, in Tasmania, the stone structure built with convict labour between 1823 and 1825.
# Tasman Bridge, Tasmania
The five-lane Tasman Bridge crosses the Derwent River in Hobart, linking the CBD with suburbs in the east. It was completed in 1964 to replace the old Hobart Bridge.
The bridge has a total length (including approaches) of 1,396 metres (4,576 ft). As part of the Tasman Highway, it provides the main traffic route from the CBD (on the western shore) to the eastern shore.
The total cost of the new bridge in conjunction with approach ramps and Lindisfarne Interchange was in the area of £7 million.
Calamity struck the prestressed concrete-girder bridge in 1975, when a bulk ore carrier delivering cargo to a company in Risdon collided with the bridge’s pylons.
A large section of the bridge collapsed onto the vessel, killing seven crew and five motorists. The bridge was rebuilt by 1977.
# Gladesville Bridge, New South Wales
Gladesville Bridge extends across the Parramatta River west of central Sydney, linking the suburbs of Huntleys Point and Drummoyne.
It is one of a complex of three bridges, the other two being Fig Tree and Tarban Creek Bridges. When completed in 1964, Gladesville Bridge was the longest single span concrete arch ever constructed.
The bridge replaced a two?lane iron truss bridge built in 1881, which was the only road crossing of the river east of Parramatta until the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932.
# Story Bridge, Queensland
The Story Bridge is one of Brisbane’s most notable landmarks, the striking bridge built in the late 1930s and opened in 1940.
It was designed by John Bradfield, who also designed Australia’s most famous bridge, Sydney Harbour Bridge.
It is a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Until it was completed the bridge was known as the Jubilee Bridge in honour of King George V. It was opened on 6 July 1940 by Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, Governor of Queensland and named after John Douglas Story, a senior and influential public servant who had advocated strongly for the bridge’s construction.
Title: Historic Australian Bridges 2016
Date of Issue: 15 March 2016
Denominations: $1 x 3
Source: Australia Post