A bridge to the past

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

A TIM­BER bridge over a small creek west of Brooweena leads nowhere to­day, yet it stands as a trib­ute to a fam­ily’s na­tion­al­ism in the First World War.

The bridge was de­scribed as a splen­did piece of work and a great credit to those who erected it.

It is the only pri­vately erected war me­mo­rial in Queens­land and was de­signed by Lau­rence Steven Smith, then owner of his­toric Mount Joseph Sta­tion.

It was con­structed by sta­tion hands from Mount Joseph and a num­ber of re­turned servicemen from the dis­trict. The piers were made by FW Webb.

The of­fi­cial open­ing took place on May 21, 1921.

Mrs Al­fred Brown, who sadly lost her son, Wil­liam, un­veiled the hon­our board, on which the names of the nine lo­cal men who died are listed on one sand­stone pier.

Di­rectly op­po­site are the names of the re­turned sol­diers.

The oc­ca­sion was fol­lowed by a bas­ket pic­nic and a dance that evening at Tee­bar Hall, Brooweena.

The bridge car­ried traf­fic on the Woolooga Rd for more than 50 years, ceas­ing on June 16, 1972 with the com­ple­tion of a new ad­ja­cent road.

A small com­mem­o­ra­tive stone cairn with metal plaque was later erected at the en­try to the bridge.

Restora­tion works were car­ried out in 2008 by staff of the Woocoo Shire Coun­cil to­gether with in­valu­able in­put from sev­eral lo­cal res­i­dents.

PHO­TOS: ERICA MURREE

TOP: Brooweena res­i­dents walk the Me­mo­rial Bridge on An­zac Day to re­mem­ber those who served in the First World War. ABOVE: Me­mo­rial Bridge on the Woolooga Rd is a last­ing me­mo­rial.

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