Photograph [Bannockburn Bridge]; G A Tomlinson; 19th Century; XOPO.12


Ophir Post Office


Photograph [Bannockburn Bridge]

About this object

Photograph; a black and white, landscape-oriented photograph mounted onto a dark grey card backing. The photograph depicts a long wooden and steel bridge with two stone turetts at each end, corssing a river in a rocky landscape with hills behind. A man and a woman in a horse trap are driving across the bridge. Some kind of sluicing or dredging boat or machine is visible up the river. At the bottom right corner of the photograph, on the mount, is embossed G A Tomlinson / CHRISTCHURCH. On the reverse is written 'Bannockburn Bridge'.

Bannockburn was a small gold mining settlement situated to the west of Ophir, near Cromwell. The Bannockburn Bridge, formerly known as the MacAndrew Bridge (after the early superintendant of the province) was constructed in 1896-97. It replaced an earlier bridge built in 1874 that had been washed away by flood waters in 1878, and then again damaged by fire in 1896. It is uncertain which incarnation of the bridge over the Kawerau River is represented here.

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G A Tomlinson

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Date Made

19th Century

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25.4 x 30.6cm

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Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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