Story: Bridges and tunnels

Edith Cavell bridge (3rd of 5)

Edith Cavell bridge

This bridge on the Shotover River, near Queenstown, is an unofficial war memorial. When the concrete parabolic arch bridge was completed, an old miner, Jack Clark, suggested that it be named after Edith Cavell, a British nurse who had been executed in Brussels in 1915. The suggestion was not accepted, but Clark painted the name on the new structure anyway. By the time the paint wore off, the name had stuck and an informal war memorial had been created.

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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