March 31st – Long Gully Bridge

Long Gully Bridge

Our journey today was a whistle-stop tour around Sydney, but the final Mosman to Willoughby leg allowed us to seek new adventures. At least for my infant passenger who has never seen this structure before.

The Long Gully Bridge was opened in 1892, originally named the North Sydney bridge, though at various times it was also called The Northbridge, and the Cammeray Suspension bridge.

The Federation Gothic structure cost 42 000 pounds and was largely funded by property developers who were hoping to open up the northern side (now Northbridge) for residential expansion.

The bridge was connected to the tram network in 1913 under the ownership of the North Sydney Investment and Tramway company, who went out of business during The Depression, and it was acquired by the Department of Main Roads. Despite being listed as a Heritage item, the bridge was in dire need of maintenance, and was closed in 1935 for 4 years.

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