Story: Bridges and tunnels

Daniel O’Connell bridge, Ophir (4th of 5)

Daniel O’Connell bridge, Ophir

This bridge in the Maniototo was named after the Irish patriot Daniel O’Connell, who successfully campaigned for Catholic emancipation (the right of Irish Catholics to become members of Parliament). The bridge was built in 1880 and was probably named in recognition of the many Irish Catholics drawn to Central Otago by the gold rushes.

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Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - Building bridges and tunnels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010