Story: Bridges and tunnels

Hutt River bridge, 1855

Hutt River bridge, 1855

This lithograph shows the first truss bridge in New Zealand, built in 1847. The triangular wooden trusses hold up the deck. Soon after this image was made, the bridge was lost in a flood.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-109-055

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - Types of bridges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/23635/hutt-river-bridge-1855 (accessed 17 April 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010