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Picture relating to Warwick - titled 'Helene Street Bridge across the Condamine River, Warwick, ca. 1873'
Picture relating to Brisbane - titled 'Construction of the first permanent Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, ca. 1873'

Helene Street Bridge across the Condamine River, Warwick, ca. 1873

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1873
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The first Helene Street Bridge, completed in 1863, replaced a flat bottomed punt used for crossing the Condamine River, after the ford known as Bowen's Bridge was closed in ca.1855. Helene Street Bridge greatly benefited all the people living on the eastern side of the town of Warwick. (Description supplied with photograph.)
Warwick was the first town on the Darling Downs established in 1849 on the banks of the Condamine River. The rich grazing land around the area supports horse and cattle studs, fine wool and grain. In 1871 the railway from Ipswich came through. Warwick is situated 158km south west of Brisbane on the Cunningham Highway. (Information taken from: M. Barca, Explore Historic Australia, 2002)

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