Old Road Bridge over River Light
The old bridge you see now was built in 1892 at an estimated cost of £4,056. The bridge is a listed heritage item with the National Trust, and is thought to be the oldest iron bridge in the state.
Some more facts on the bridge: It was built after the original one was washed away in a flood. I has 5 spans of about 12.5 metres and a width of about 4.6 metres. A corrugated metal deck with a rubble surface is supported by Rivetted Iron Trusses held up with Masonery abutments.
Opening of Old Road Bridge – 1892
Old Road bridge - Years unknown
In April 1889, widespread torrential rain produced damaging floods both rivers Light and Gilbert. The road bridge over the River Light was wrecked beyond repair, and the long delay in providing a new one caused much inconvenience. The railway lines were under water and a special relief train from Adelaide was unable to reach Hamley Bridge and had to return to the city.
The Mudla Wirra Bridge at Hamley
from “The Kapunda Herald” Friday, April 5, 1889
two inches rain fell at Hamley
There are tremendous floods in the
and Gilbert Rivers.
The Light is
than ever before, and in some places
is nearly quarter of a mile wide, rushing
terrific force, and carrying immense
logs, and large pieces of wreckage,
from the bridges further up.
also floating down the torrent. Stockport
flooded, the water rushing down the main
four feet deep.
The inhabitants were
to leave their
houses, and much
was done. The Mudla Wirra Bridge
swept away at midday. The whole
went with a tremendous upheaval
immediately smashed up, the large iron
twisting up like
hoop-iron. Most of
materials went down stream. The
Light was then rising at a rapid rate
The railway traffic was suspended.