Albert Bridge over the River Torrens (Metal Girder)

Albert Bridge over the River Torrens (Metal Girder)

The foundation stone for the Albert Bridge was laid on 20 August 1878 by the Mayor of Adelaide.


The Bridge was opened in May 1879 and was named after Prince Albert to honour his visit to the colony that year. Designed by engineers John H Grainger and H E Worsley and built by M C Davies and J Wishart under the supervision of City Surveyor J H Langdon, the Albert replaced a timber bridge built some twenty years earlier. The Bridge consists of three-span scalloped iron girders, cast iron cylindrical piers (which were equipped with bottom-cutting shoes and carried 4.5m down into the river gravels by excavation carried out by a diver), elegant cast iron handrails and abutments made from Tea Tree Gully stone. The Bridge is 36.6m long.

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Significance

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The Albert Bridge is the oldest large road bridge in the Adelaide city area, having been built in 1879. It has a long association with transport and communication within the city and has played a role in the city's development. Additionally, the bridge is important to the amenity of the Lake Torrens precinct.


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Images of Albert Bridge over the River Torrens (Metal Girder)

  • Albert Bridge
 
Architects
John Harry Grianger, H. E. Worsley
Builders
Davies & Wishart, J. H. Langdon
Building materials
Concrete, Iron, Cast iron, Stone, Freestone
Architectural styles
Construction
1878/08 - 1879/05 

Additional Works

Redecked

Description
Re-decked
Construction commenced
4/7/1950
Construction completed
4/7/2018
Architecture and design features
cast iron
Engineering features
 
Precinct
Riverbank
Council Ward
North
Alternative Addresses
Geo-coordinates
Town Acre
Planning Zone or Policy Area
Original owners
City of Adelaide
Original occupant
Later occupant/s
Purposes and use
Civic, Transport
AS2482 classification
25010 - Bridge
Public Access
Access unrestricted
 
NTSA ID
2334
State Heritage ID
10765
ACC Reference No.
DPTI Heritage No.
1687
RNE ID
1687
Certificate of Title No.
CR 6074/515 H105100 ROAD RESERVE
NTSA file exists
Yes
Heritage Status
State Heritage listed
State heritage listing
State Heritage listed
Date of State heritage listing
1980/07/24
Local heritage listing
Date of Local heritage listing
NTSA listing
NTSA classified
Date of NTSA listing
Section 23 (4) crtiteria
a
Risk status
 
Historic Themes
4 BUILDING ADELAIDE
4.1 Development of City Services
 
Australian Curriculum references
Year 5: The Australian Colonies
ACHHK094
 

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