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Item details

Name of item: Crankies Plain Bridge
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Transport - Land
Category: Road Bridge
Location: Lat: -36.8982339633 Long: 149.2691717660
Primary address: Main Road 91, Bombala, NSW 2632
Local govt. area: Snowy Monaro Regional
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Eden
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Main Road 91BombalaSnowy Monaro Regional  Primary Address
Cathcart RoadBombalaSnowy Monaro Regional  Alternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Roads Maritime and Bus Services - Transport for NSWState Government 

Statement of significance:

This bridge is a McDonald timber truss road bridge. Timber truss road bridges were extensively used in New South Wales because of the high quality of local hardwoods and the shortage of steel during the early decades of settlement of the state. The timber truss was highly developed for bridges in New South Wales, perhaps more so than anywhere else in the world at that time. The McDonald truss is a significant evolutionary link in the development of timber road bridges in New South Wales and has three standard span lengths, 65'/19.96m, 75'/22.86m and 90'27.43m . At March 1998 there were seven McDonald truss road bridges remaining in New South Wales, this bridge being a representative example. The bridge has been assessed as having State Significance.
Date significance updated: 13 Sep 05
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Designer/Maker: John McDonald
Builder/Maker: NSW Public Works
Construction years: 1892-1892
Physical description: The bridge consists of two 75' (22.86m) truss spans flanked by by two timber girder spans at each end (one 35; (10.67m) and one 30' (9.14m) span at each end). All are supported by timber piers with piles driven into rock. The bridge width is 4.57m (15') between kerbs at its narrowest.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Generally fair to good condition with maintainence by the RTA as it is a functioning road bridge.
Date condition updated:13 Sep 05
Current use: Bridge
Former use: Bridge


Historical notes: RTA and PW records indicate it was built in 1892 for a cost of 2,964 pounds.

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 (none)-

Assessment of significance

SHR Criteria a)
[Historical significance]
McDonald truss bridges have historical significance because timber truss bridges were developed and refined in Australia to achieve the highest level of timber bridge construction for the time of their design and the McDonald truss is an important recognisable design in the evolution of timber truss bridges in NSW.
SHR Criteria c)
[Aesthetic significance]
McDonald truss bridges have aesthetic significance because they are evocative of Australian methods of bridge construction, in their materials, scale and configuration they reflect and express nineteenth century technologies and experiences and for the time of their design and construction they demonstrate the best quality design available.
SHR Criteria d)
[Social significance]
McDonald truss bridges have social significance because their size and location contribute directly to the local area and they are a strong element in the local address.
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.

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions ORDER UNDER SECTION 57(2) OF THE HERITAGE ACT 1977

Standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977.

I, Donald Harwin, the Special Minister of State 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, effective 1 December 2020:

1. revoke the order made on 11 July 2008 and published on pages 91177 to 9182 of Government Gazette Number 110 of 5 September 2008 and varied by notice published in the Government Gazette on 5 March 2015; and

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

Donald Harwin
Special Minister of State
Signed this 9th Day of November 2020.

To view the standard exemptions for engaging in or carrying out activities / works otherwise prohibited by section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977 click on the link below.
Nov 13 2020

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0146620 Jun 00 --
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage registerRoads & Traffic s.170    

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
Tourism 2007Crankies Plain Bridge View detail
TourismAttraction Homepage2007Crankies Plain Bridge View detail
WrittenHughes Trueman Reinhold1999Conservation Management Plan

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage NSW
Database number: 5051368
File number: EF14//4468

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