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A free-standing commemorative plaque, unveiled on the north side of the bridge, explains the history of the structure and why it received its status as a National Engineering Landmark. The bridge was opened on the 19th July 1932 by the then Governor General Sir Isaac Isaacs. 

The status was granted to the iconic bridge in 2009 by Engineering Heritage Australia which identified the bridge as playing a significant role in Australian engineering history.

The completion of the railway section of the bridge in May 1932 formed the missing link in the Sydney-to-Brisbane coastal railway - the first interstate railway in Australia to use a standard-gauge of track. The bridge also provided a vital rail corridor for military transport during the Second World War which greatly boosted Australia's defensive capabilities.

The Institution of Engineers Australia, through its Heritage Committees, established the Australian Historic Engineering Plaquing Program to acknowledge past engineering achievements and to draw public attention to the significant contributions they have made to society.The Plaquing Program is a means of bringing public recognition to significant historic engineering works and the engineers who created them. The Program is intended to contribute to the conservation of Australian engineering heritage.


Address:Craig Street, Grafton, 2460
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.694789
Long: 152.940302
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 10th April, 2012
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au