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Suspension bridge, Mosman

August 21st, 2013 by

Positive image from a scan of a Powerhouse Museum, Tyrrell Collection, glass plate negative

This photograph from the Tyrrell collection shows the suspension foot bridge connecting Avenue Road to Park Avenue over Reid Park, Mosman. The image is taken from the Park Avenue side of the bridge looking east to Avenue Road. The bridge was built to enable water mains to be carted over a gully, linking Avenue Road and Park Streets, Mosman. A pedestrian walkway was then built along the top of the pipes creating a foot bridge. The design was carried out in 1899 by the NSW Public Works Department as part of the reclamation of land at Mosman Bay to form Reid Park.

The strong diagonal of the bridge draws attention to its structure and makes for a dynamic composition, leading the eye from the bottom right corner through the frame to the houses in the background and then up to the trees.

Kerry & Co also produced this image as a postcard. An example of the colourised postcard version of the image can be viewed on the website of the National Museum of Australia


Photography by Kerry & Co., Tyrrell Collection

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