New Bridge over the River Yarra, 1885
New Bridge over the River Yarra, Drawing No. 3, c.1885
Ink on paper
Reproduced with the permission of the Keeper of Public Records, Public Record Office Victoria, Australia.
PROV 3686/P1 BTB580
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The Argus newspaper published a lengthy article on 18th March 1882 explaining how the 'proposed dimensions of the bridge' were too lavish and would add 'immensely' to costs. Specifically, it felt the planned roadway width of 99 feet (chosen to match the lavish dimensions of Melbourne's main streets) was unnecessary because 'the most noted bridges in Paris, Rome and other great European capitals' were only 60 to 70 feet wide.