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Workers Who Built the Bridges
Workers Who Built the Bridges

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson
Monument erected by the working men over the grave of four men who were killed constructing the railway and road bridges across the Albert River at Yatala.

In March 1888 the lives of four men working on the construction of two bridges at Yatala were lost. A timber road bridge erected on wooden piles driven into the bed of the Albert River; and under construction -from November 1887, claimed one life. The first railway bridge to straddle the Albert River was a latticed iron structure set on caissons sunk into the river to bedrock. This was situated a few yards upstream from the road bridge, and claimed a further three lives.

Location

Address:River Hills Road, Cemetery, Eagleby, 4207
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.701768
Long: 153.203795
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Industrial

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1888
Front Inscription

ERECTED BY THE WORKING MEN 
               1888

HENRY CUMMING
DROWNED AT YATALA
7TH MARCH 1888
     AGED 19

Left Side Inscription
JOHN AMOS
OF CHANNEL ISLANDS
DROWNED AT YATALA
24 FEBRUARY 1888
    AGED 34
Back Inscription
ANDREW MIKKELSCEN
DIED 9TH MARCH 1888
     AGED 48
Right Side Inscription
WILLIAM CRISP
DROWNED AT YATALA
9th MARCH 1888
    AGED 45
Source: NRUM,MA
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