Sunday History Photo

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 07:07
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This is a photo taken by my late Father approx 1962
The first Blanchetown bridge was opened in 1964 by Sir Thomas Playford. The bridge's main claim to fame is that it was the first major prestressed concrete girder highway bridge built in South Australia. It replaced the Blanchetown ferry crossing which had been used since 1869. It cost £510,000 to build.
you can see the 2nd Bridge replacement on Google Earth. The new bridge cost $17 million

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Reply By: Kiwi & "Mahindra" - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 07:38

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 07:38
you must live on the puter looking for photos Doug, but Im guna have a look at google earth now that you've mentioned it.....

Have a good'n'

Laura
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 09:23

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 09:23
It keeps us elderly blokes amused, Laura.....lol




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Reply By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 13:50

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 13:50
Does any one know who these blokes are?Image Could Not Be Found
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Follow Up By: Vince NSW - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 14:31

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 14:31
Not sure about the three ugly blokes in the front, but the two at the back are amed & ally. That bloke in the cetre at the front is a bad looking one
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Follow Up By: Hairy (NT) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 14:57

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 14:57
Bloody oath!
If the bloke in the middle and the camel both dropped ,you'd give the camel mouth to mouth first hey?
Infact at the first glance I thought the camel was wearing a hat.................and walking backwards!

HaHaHaHa....
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Follow Up By: Member - Kim M (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:19

Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 18:19
Gidday Hairy

By christ your time will come young fella. My Son in Law is also going to get a fair boot up the rectum. Took me a while to figure it out!!!

The only thing that's saving you at the moment, is my inability to post a photo on this site.

What goes around, comes around.

LOL

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:39

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 08:39
'Morning Doug
I see you've already update Kellys Supercar position. It's a shame Jamie couldn't be amongst it for a good fight.
By the way- when are ya gonna update Kellys pic ?? A lot of people lost a lot of money with OP. I guess I was 'lucky' - I pulled out about 6 weeks before they went down the gurgler..

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:08

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:08
Signman
Update completed . had to wait for some good photo's , this is from Hamilton NZ.

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Reply By: Garbutt - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:00

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:00
Good work Doug, I often used to sit under the old bridge and have lunch when working down that way, but it regularly drops lumps of concrete, so I stopped. Apparently the 'concrete cancer' was the reason it had to be replaced a few years ago. Hopefully the new one lasts longer.

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Reply By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:22

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 09:22
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By chance we camped at Blanchetown last week. Here is a shot I took from the Caravan Park looking towards the weir. The pool level below the weir is now about 750mm below sea level.
I recall many crossings of the river when we were kids on the way to Loxton years ago. It was not unusual to wait for several hours at the punt. There is an interesting memorial in Blanchetown for Moorundie, the point from which Charles Sturt set out to find the inland sea in 1861. Good tucker in the new Blanchetown pub "Moorundie Room"

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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 23:18

Monday, Apr 21, 2008 at 23:18
Hey Doug,

I found this shot that may interest you. It was taken at Blanchetown in 2005
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:06

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:06
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Ripper of a photo. Is that the Murray Princess

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:12

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 20:12
Kingsley

Are you sure it was at Blanchetown, where's the other bridge ,
Not Kingston is it ,

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Follow Up By: Member - Kingsley N (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:10

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 at 23:10
Doug,

Yes it is the Murray Princess. The shot was taken from the Lock1 looking north after the vessel had passed through. I have a number of shots taken during the passage. The view is deceptive from that low angle. The closest bridge is the old one that your photo showed under construction. The new bridge is hidden from view except for one pylon. It looks like the truck is on the old bridge, but it is actually on the new one. The new bridge has thicker more sturdy looking pylons. When you stand under them both the old one looks definitely inferior.

Here is another shot looking across the weir.

Kingo.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 03:56

Thursday, Apr 24, 2008 at 03:56
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OK Gotcha, on 2nd look I can see the pylon , your a trickster photorapher, great shots .

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