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V or Variety
Victoria Bridge is one of the main pedestrian bridges from the south side of the Brisbane River over to the city. Before 2001, it was the only one on that stretch of the river. I must have walked back and forth across it dozens, if not hundreds of times. It cuts quite an impressive swathe with stylised 1970’s arches swooping over the river. On one end is a sandstone arch from another era that until recently, I had never bothered to investigate. It turns out that this arch is actually a remnant from the 1896 bridge. It’s called the Victoria Bridge Abutment.
The reason the arch has remained is as a memorial to an eleven year boy, Hector Vasyli, who was killed in 1918 when a vehicle accidentally struck him at a parade for soldiers returning from the Great War. Since then, a memorial service is held every year at the site on ANZAC Day. After being left to fall into disrepair, the arch and memorial were restored in 1988 and in the 2015, a platform was constructed to give the public better access to the memorial.
Worth a visit when you walk across the bridge to or from South Bank.