Bridges Old and New: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge


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Lennox bridge is the oldest stone bridge on the Australian mainland. It is located in the Blue Mountains and we were lucky enough to stumble across it when we were in Sydney recently.


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In 1831 Major Mitchell employed David Lennox, a recently arrived stonemason, to build a permanent road over the eastern escarpment of the Blue Mountains.



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With a gang of personally selected convicts and using local quarried stone the experimental bridge was finished in 1833.


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It was the first stone bridge built on the mainland and formed the major route over the mountains for the next 100 years and is still used today as a rather hairier way of traversing the mountains.


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In contrast a few days later whilst in China we saw one of the most modern bridges that I had seen.


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At first it was seen from a distance and along the banks of the river people fished as they probably had done for hundreds of years.


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Again out of the bus window.


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Finally I managed to capture it from a little closer. I think it is beautiful but then much in China I found beautiful.

In response to Cee’s Fun Foto prompt – Bridges

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to Bridges Old and New: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    There’s much to admire in the workmanship of the old bridge, but that Chinese bridge – what a glorious conception.

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  2. I love the first bridge. I prefer old designs.

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  3. Bridges carry metaphorical significance across cultures and time periods as well as people across clefts. One of the art assignments I gave was to paint a bridge. What bridge my students painted was their choice and they created some fabulous interpretations of their task.

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