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A-Z Guidebook: Victoria Bridge Abutment, Brisbane

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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.

sansdtone arch known as the Victoria Bridge Abutment in Brisbane

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.

Plaque commemorating a yound boy at the Victoria Bridge Abutment

Worth a visit when you walk across the bridge to or from South Bank.

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  • Francesca March 15, 2017, 6:36 am

    Happy Birthday Fiona. and thanks for your interesting posts over the years. Enjoy your holiday too.

    • Fiona Ryan April 14, 2017, 10:45 am

      Cheers Francesca – I’m back and about to be off again to the Barossa. Blogging will return in May!

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime March 15, 2017, 1:55 pm

    Birthday blessings. Enjoy New Orleans, one of my favourite cities at this time of the year.

    • Fiona Ryan April 14, 2017, 10:46 am

      Who knew New Orleans who knew be so good. I was thinking it may be like Las Vegas but it was much better and so much to eat, drink and listen to. We will definitely return.

  • sherry from sherrys pickings March 17, 2017, 12:25 pm

    i had no idea of the history of this bridge. how sad. glad there is a small memory still up in brissie. we seem to knock things down usually:( Happy birthday!

    • Fiona Ryan April 14, 2017, 10:47 am

      It must have been a tragedy at the time, particularly given its link to the war. Lovely views too so I’ll know you’ll visit very soon, if you haven’t already.

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