The last of Perth’s historic major road bridges that cross the Canning and Swan rivers has been permanently State heritage listed.
Heritage Minister John Castrilli said Canning Bridge joined Fremantle Traffic, Garratt Road, Guildford Road and Narrows bridges; and the Causeway as a permanent listing on the State Register of Heritage Places.
“These six historic bridges help tell the wider story of the development of Perth, as we grew from a colonial town into a modern metropolis,” Mr Castrilli said.
The Minister said the original Canning Bridge was built in 1849 and was the first road link between the City of Perth and the port of Fremantle.
“Prior to its construction, the area was known as ‘Hell’s Gate’ because it was a difficult but important ferry crossing that delivered goods from the port city to Perth,” he said.
“Over the years, the bridge was replaced several times as the population grew, and horse-drawn vehicles were replaced with the motor car. The current Canning Bridge was built in 1937 and a westbound bridge added in 1958.
“As a result, what we have today is a unique bridge that is made up of two adjacent structures built 21 years apart that currently service 80,000 vehicles per day.
“Today, Canning Bridge is a vantage point for the Perth community to enjoy recreational activities, such as swimming, cycling, walking, yachting and fishing. The fishing platform beneath the bridge is one of the few remaining of its kind.”
Canning Bridge became internationally recognised as the finish point for rowing events at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and, up until 2009, was also the finishing mark for the annual ‘Head of the River’ rowing event.
“Main Roads WA is commended for conserving this bridge, one of the few major arterial bridges made of timber,” Mr Castrilli said.
Original Canning Bridge built in 1849; replaced several times with latest structures built in 1937 and westbound in 1958
Canning Bridge was interim listed on the State Heritage Register in 2006
The State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council
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