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Suspension bridge

Item details

Name of item: Suspension bridge
Other name/s: The Suspension Bridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Land
Category: Road Bridge
Primary address: Miller Street, Cammeray, NSW 2062
Local govt. area: North Sydney
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Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Miller StreetCammerayNorth Sydney  Primary Address

Statement of significance:

The North Bridge. Historically important local bridge with rare quality of having been originally privately funded by a local land development company. Picturesque landmark and a dramatic and spectacular structure. Concrete arch is of considerable technical interest and stylisation and detailing to match original towers is a rare feature executed with skill and style. Important bridge in North Shore transport network which carries considerable traffic and which is favourably regarded.

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Date significance updated: 04 Dec 13
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Designer/Maker: D. Ross (Arch) Prof. Warren (Engin) NSW Department of Main Roads (1936-39)
Physical description: A two-rib reinforced concrete arch bridge supporting a 30 ft. carriageway with 5 ft footways on each side. Clear span of arch is 336 feet 10 inchs and a deck height above the stream (since reclaimed) of 167 feet. Sandstone towers at each end formerly carrying cables now act as portals. Each is similar, with paired, battlemented towers connected by a pointed arch over the roadway. Concrete balustrades and deck structure detailed in sympathy with the towers.This building was designed in the Victorian Free Gothic style.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Modifications and dates: Original suspension structure replaced by concrete arch in 1936-1939.


Historical notes: Built by the North Sydney Tramway and Development Company and opened in 1892, this bridge was a privately funded investment by a land speculation company intending to open up what is now Northbridge. The company went into liquidation in 1891 and the bridge was completed and opened by the construction contractor. A suspension bridge, it comprised three spans for a total length of 1010 feet, with ironbark decking, steelwork imported from Clyde, Scotland and cables from Warwick in England. Stone was delivered by punt up from Middle Harbour. Tramlines were extended across the bridge in 1913. It was taken over by the Department of Main Roads in 1925 and was found to be in a weakened state. The bridge was reconstructed as a reinforced concrete arch with the sandstone towers retained as portals and reopened in 1939.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Industry-Activities associated with the manufacture, production and distribution of goods (none)-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Transport-Activities associated with the moving of people and goods from one place to another, and systems for the provision of such movements (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria f)
This item is assessed as historically rare regionally. This item is assessed as aesthetically rare statewide. This item is assessed as socially rare regionally.
Integrity/Intactness: _
Assessment criteria: Items are assessed against the PDF State Heritage Register (SHR) Criteria to determine the level of significance. Refer to the Listings below for the level of statutory protection.


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental Plan I001802 Aug 13   

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
North Sydney Heritage Study Review19930922Tony Brassil, Robert Irving, Chris Pratten, Conybeare MorrisonTB August 1992 Yes

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Name: Local Government
Database number: 2180922

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