Meadowbank Rail Bridge over Parramatta River | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Meadowbank Rail Bridge over Parramatta River

Item details

Name of item: Meadowbank Rail Bridge over Parramatta River
Other name/s: John Whitton Bridge, Meadowbank Rhodes Railway Bridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Rail
Category: Railway Bridge/ Viaduct
Location: Lat: -33.8219662450 Long: 151.0887713320
Primary address: Main Northern railway, Meadowbank/Rhodes, NSW 2114
Local govt. area: Canada Bay
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Metropolitan

Boundary:

The listing boundary is the area on which the bridges, piers and abutments stand. The listing does not include the adjacent modern railway bridge.
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Main Northern railwayMeadowbank/RhodesCanada Bay  Primary Address
Main Northern railwayMeadowbank/RhodesRyde  Alternate Address

Owner/s

Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Rail Infrastructure CorporationState Government 

Statement of significance:

The Meadowbank-Rhodes bridge is one of twelve double lattice girder bridges that survive substantially intact in the NSW railway system. As such it is of exceptional heritage significance as evidence of a short lived but highly popular approach to bridge design in which the spanning girders were reinforced by a lattice of bars, adjusted to suit changing structural forces. This bridge is the largest double track lattice girder bridge to be prefabricated in England for export to Australia and has significant variations on the standardised design. The bridge is one of the most architecturally impressive nineteenth century Australian railway structures. A unity in design, lively detail, skilful use of materials and fine workmanship is displayed by the bridge and its abutments. The Meadowbank-Rhodes bridge is an exceptional piece of early Australian railway engineering. (Sinclair Knight Merz, 1996)
Date significance updated: 03 May 12
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Description

Designer/Maker: John Whitton
Construction years: 1886-1886
Date condition updated:27 Nov 00
Current use: Cycleway
Former use: Rail bridge

History

Historical notes: Traditionally, major bridges requiring spans in excess of 100 ft (30m) have used iron or steel trusses. The 26 on the North Coast railway are typical.

After 1960, welding significantly reduced the dead weight of plate web girders which could then span up to 100 ft. Overseas developments of the box girders allowed spans in excess of 200ft to be accommodated.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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 Rail transport-
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 Maritime navigation and regulation-
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 Bridging rivers-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis Public Transport - suburban railway lines-
7. Governing-Governing Government and Administration-Activities associated with the governance of local areas, regions, the State and the nation, and the administration of public programs - includes both principled and corrupt activities. Developing roles for government - building and administering rail networks-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
HERITAGE ACT 1977
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

FRANK SARTOR
Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0118902 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Meadowbank rail bridges over Parramatta River View detail
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Meadowbank rail bridges over Parramatta River View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5012099


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