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Picture relating to Warwick - titled 'Condamine River Railway Bridge, Warwick district, 1882'
Picture relating to Maroochydore - titled 'Ships anchored at Pettigrew's wharf, Maroochydore, 1882'

Condamine River Railway Bridge, Warwick district, 1882

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1882
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Wooden trestle railway bridge crossing the river plains outside Warwick.This is the longest bridge on the southern line. Its total length when built was 1979 feet 6 inches, and includes one 100 ft iron girder span over the river and eighty-seven 20 ft spans, the twenty-sixes having double and the twenties single wooden girders. It was officially opened on 5th May 1880.

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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