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Bill Phippen: Building of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge (COSHA)

Bill Phippen: Building of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge (COSHA)

Date & Time

November 14, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Event Organiser: City of Sydney Historical Association (COSHA)


Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, SMSA Building, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

When: Saturday, 14 November 2020

Time: 2:00pm-3:30pm

$5 COSHA Members & General Entry.
NOTES preferred.

Bookings are Essential.

please call (02) 9716 4775or email to book

Image: Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge, Opening Ceremony 1888 Photographer John L Buckland. Public Doman via National Library of Australia collection

The Building of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge: Finding the Morse Photo Albums

When the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge was completed in May 1889, it was the last link in a continuous railway network connecting areas north of Brisbane through Sydney and Melbourne to Adelaide and beyond. It was a necessary pre-requisite for federation and Henry Parkes said as much in his speech at the opening.

The bridge was built by American contractors, Sam Ryland and Edwin Morse, and they took a scrap book and photo albums of their work home at the end of the job. 125 years later Bill Phippen tracked the albums down in Kansas City and Washington, where a coalition of Sydney groups repatriated high resolution scans of the images and these inspired a book about the whole saga.

           The required social distancing (4m2 per person) will be observed.
Hand sanitiser available at the Ground Floor Lobby and at the door.
Sign in required. In consideration for other people we would request that you wear a mask

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November 14, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Mitchell Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 3


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