Suicide Bridge - SA

Submitted: Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 17:17
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Tried to visit this site last week and the gate is locked with a big shiny new "NO ACCESS" sign on it
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 19:01

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 19:01
Hi Ivan

That is a real bugger, so it looks like another piece of history is locked up.

Did you give Jock Robinson a call, I would have thought he would have given the thumbs up.

This is what you missed.




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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 22:15

Saturday, Oct 27, 2018 at 22:15
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It looks well named Stephen! LOL

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Follow Up By: Bruce and Di T - Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 at 15:58

Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 at 15:58
Jock Robertson, Stephen.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 at 19:06

Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 at 19:06
Hi Di

Slip on the keyboard, but you know who I mean.


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Reply By: Candace S. - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 01:33

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 01:33
From the EO Place description for Suicide Bridge SA : "...It was reported that the contractor was not able to pay his debts for building the bridge and committed suicide off of the bridge."

Interesting legend, but I'm not convinced the bridge is high enough to facilitate that! It's not exactly the Golden Gate Bridge. Or even the Sydney Harbor, oops I meant Harbour, bridge. :)
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 07:07

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 07:07
Hi Candace

The reason why this bridge was given this name, was for the very fact that the contractor did actually committ suicide from this very small bridge.

At its tallest point over the small crossing, it is around 10 feet, or in our scale, just over 3 metres tall.

The bridges that you mention above are hundreds of feet above the water, and yes if anyone fell from such bridges, there is no way you would survive.

With Suicide Bridge near Lake Littra, you missed the most obvious, the poor man did not jump to his death, but actually hung himself from the bridge, so you can see the actual height is well and truely heigh enough to do such a job.


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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 09:02

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 09:02
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Hi Stephen,

I'm being picky, but there were three men who fell from the Sydney Harbour Bridge during construction and one of them did survive. He suffered a couple of broken ribs and his boots were pushed up his legs to his knees! But he did recover and returned to work and was presented with a gold watch by his employers, Dorman Long & Co.

How do I know?..... I read that in the pylon display just last week.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 09:10

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 09:10
Hi Allan

Was that a case of...”Third time Lucky”

He sure was one very lucky man indeed and he must have had nerves of steel to return to the dangerous job that nearly claimed his life.



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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 at 06:29

Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 at 06:29
Stephen-- Doh! Yes, I was lacking imagination when I typed that response. :) Thanks for the clarification.

Surprisingly enough, quite a number of people have survived jumps from the Golden Gate Bridge. 36 as of the 2017 article at the link below. Unfortunately, by now, probably more than 2000 people have jumped and died. A net sucide barrier is now under construction there.

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Reply By: Member - wicket - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 14:20

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 14:20
There’s a bit of flooding down there atm many of the chowilla camps were closed too.
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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 16:36

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 16:36
Bloody dry and hot when we went through
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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 21:23

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 21:23
I wonder who decided a bridge was needed there?
It looks like that creek would only ever run for a short period after a storm.

I would have thought a simple ground-level creek crossing would have sufficed in that case.

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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 21:27

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 21:27
If you read the story, the bloke built it in the wrong place and they refused to pay him. He then committed suicide by hanging himself on the bridge
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 21:55

Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 at 21:55
Hi Ron

The Old Coach Road was the only access from Renmark to Wentworth and in times of flooding at Lake Litrra, all forms of travel was haunted for quite some time.

To keep this track open in times of flooding, a bridge was required to be built over the inlet to Lake Litrra and a contract was called for the building of such.

The contractor did not do his research and inlet was at the top of the lake and built the bridge over what he thought was the inlet, when in fact it was the outlet.

Seeing that the contractor had outlayed over 1500 pounds with the cost of materials and the men he employed in the construction and had no way of paying his debts when the Government refused to pay him, he unfortunately thought his only way out was to end his life.



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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 09:55

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 09:55
Might be a good idea to avoid that area today Stephen if it's Haunted. 31st Oct. Halloween.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 14:29

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 14:29
Hi Dave

It will be bloody hot out there today Dave.

I would be more concerned about snake out there in all those bushes.

Have a great day.


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 at 23:30

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Quote "The Old Coach Road was the only access from Renmark to Wentworth and in times of flooding at Lake Litrra, all forms of travel was haunted for quite some time."

That was originally part of the Mid Western Hwy across to Adelaide Before the Sturt Hwy was proclaimed - A bit of history here Just click on New South Wales > Highways > scroll down and click on Mid Western Highway. The second paragraph under the heading Route Overview has reference to "Victoria Lake."

There is a bit more about it on the Sturt Hwy page.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:07

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 08:07
Not planning on going there anytime soon but just read this article out of interest. So the actual reason for there now being no access is.............?
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