Plaque Particular No. 5: Avon River Bridge opening, Toodyay, 27 November 1968

The fifth Post about Plaques in Particular Places!

On 27 November 1968, the new ‘Avon River Bridge’, as it was named on that occasion, was officially opened by the Minister for Works, Ross Hutchinson, in the presence of Members of Parliament, the Commissioner of Main Roads, Shire Councillors and hoards of onlookers. The plaque is located on a stone column on the town side of the bridge.

The bridge was designed and financed by the Main Roads Dept., built at a cost of $245,000 by R.P. Constructions Pty. Ltd., and had a length of 530 feet and a width of 26 feet between the kerbs.
The afternoon tea for this occasion was catered by the Toodyay Anglican Church Guild, probably held in the nearby St. Stephen’s Church Hall. Les Purser had the distinction of being the first person to cross the newly opened bridge, after the boom gates were raised. Postman Les rode his bicycle, and went on with his job of delivering telegrams, to the cheers of the onlookers.

Plaque text:

Opened by The Hon. Ross Hutchinson D.F.C., M.L.A. Minister for Works On the 27th November, 1968. Constructing Authority – Main Roads Department. D.H. Aitken B.E., M.I.E. Aust. Commissioner of Main Roads     D.E. Ludemann. J.P.   President,  Toodyay Shire Council

On 11 February 1988, the Avon River Bridge had its name officially changed to the Bolgart Bridge, due to the influence of the Avon Descent organizers. After a dogged campaign by one of the THS members Doreen Watson, and with the Society’s support, this bridge was given the name of the first bridge built at this location. This most recent name change to Newcastle Bridge was approved by the Dept. of Land Information’s Geographic Names Committee on 11 April 2006.

Photo: By Beth Frayne, 2008.

Another photo of this occasion in the Toodyay Shire Museums collection on Collections WA may be seen here.

File Date: 14 Dec. 2023. Access: Free to View.