Bridge turns 80

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Sion­nie Kelly

Murchi­son bridge cel­e­brated its 80th an­niver­sary re­cently with a car pa­rade and morn­ing tea at Murchi­son Her­itage Cen­tre.

The bridge was of­fi­cially opened on March 31, 1937, by thenVic­to­rian Gov­er­nor Van­neck Hunt­ing­field.

Murchi­son His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Kay Ball said it was won­der­ful to see so many peo­ple come along to cel­e­brate the 80th an­niver­sary and it was es­pe­cially good to have six peo­ple at­tend who were at the open­ing of the bridge.

Murchi­son’s Herb Brisbane was six years old when the bridge was opened.

He was given the job of hold­ing onto the cer­e­mo­nial scis­sors and was told he was not al­lowed to hand them to any­one ex­cept Lord Hunt­ing­field.

Mr Brisbane said af­ter that he re­fused to hand them to any­one, in­clud­ing Lord Hunt­ing­field’s as­sis­tant.

‘‘I was ap­par­ently a bug­ger of a kid and they gave me the scis­sors to keep me quiet,’’ he said.

Dur­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties, four his­toric cars trav­elled across Murchi­son bridge about 10.30 am, de­light­ing the crowd that had gath­ered near Steven­son St.

Gra­ham Tidd nor­mally has his 1928 A-Model Ford at Shep­par­ton Mo­tor Mu­seum, but brought it to Murchi­son to help cel­e­brate the bridge’s mile­stone.

Mr Tidd said he was happy to be part of the event.

‘‘It was a priv­i­lege to be asked to come along and be part of their her­itage,’’ he said.

Mr Tidd said sadly an A-Model Ford sedan was­meant to be part of the fes­tiv­i­ties, but it broke down on the way.

Af­ter the cars moved through Steven­son St, they came to a stop in front of Murchi­son Her­itage Cen­tre where ev­ery­one went to en­joy morn­ing tea.

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