A history of Hampden Bridge

A WILL to preserve a slice of Wagga’s rich history prompted local historian Sherry Morris to pen a new book one of its iconic landmarks, The Hampden Bridge.
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Packed with photographs, the book details the bridge’s construction, opening on November 11, 1895, through to its eventual closure nearly 100 years later in October 1995.

Ms Morris, a former North Wagga resident, said the city’s residents would enjoy reading about the bridge as many still have an emotional connection.

“It was a huge infrastructure project when it was built,” she said.

“It showed how much the city’s residents believed in Wagga and knew their future was here.”

The bridge was designed by Percy Allan and replaced the Wagga Company Bridge that was constructed in 1862.

In the time it was operational it underwent several large-scale maintenance works and was the scene of several high-profile accidents.

Ms Morris said those who remember using the bridge will enjoy the chronology of the book, along with tidbits and facts.

“The book covers the construction of the Company Bridge, stock injuries and even suicides,” Ms Morris said.

“The Hampden Bridge is a monumental part of the city’s history and should be celebrated before it gets demolished.”

The Hampden Bridge will be available from Collins Booksellers from December 8.

HISTORY: Local historian Sherry Morris sits near the Hampden Bridge yesterday with a new book she has penned about its history. Picture: Les Smith

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