Monday, November 3, 2014

Snake Gully Bridge, 1873

Snake Gully Bridge 1873

There were diggings at the Barossa,
And the goldfields not far away.
Many settlers north of the River,
With wood to cart each day.

The road was narrow, rough and steep.
When floods came down, the stream was deep,
The crossing very unsafe to make
A bridge is needed, make no mistake.

They organised a picnic promptly,
Invited Parliamentary men,
So they could show them exactly
With what they had to contend.

The Bridge was granted an built of stone,
It was paid from the sale of a Treasury loan,
The contracts with pride and much endeavour,
Said he had built it to last for ever.

What many changes this Bridge has seen,
From horse and buggy and bullock team,
Trucks and transports, cars galore,
Pass on her more and more.

 Now as the Little Para flows slowly by,
Space ships are hurtling in the sky,
Many great men we honour today,
But let us remember our forefathers who paved the way.

Written by Jean Roberts in 1962. 
Jean's husbands grandmother, Cecilia Wilson McEwin laid the foundation stone (pictured above) in 1873.

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