Thursday, November 24, 2011

COPPINS CROSSING


Coppins Crossing is a low level bridge which crosses the Molonglo River. The following may be of interest when next you cross. There isn't a great deal of reports mentioning the crossing but what there is is interesting I think. Originally it seems it was used as a range for artillery in world war 1 by the boys from Duntroon. Interesting also that they halted firing for passing traffic and not the other way around...

Queanbeyan Age - Friday 13 February 1914



1930 saw a promise of a new bridge the following year...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 23 September 1930



And the following year another call is made for a bridge...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 23 June 1931


National Library of Australia

And the new bridge was constructed a year later...

The Canberra Times - Tuesday 5 April 1932



And livestock no longer needed to be moved through the city centre... imagine that.

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Checking out a scarred tree on Isabella Drive

I know of probably 20 or so authentic Aboriginal scarred trees dotted around the landscape of suburban Canberra. I have posted a few time...