Early bridges of Adelaide and their stories: never a bridge too far

Monday 17 September 2018

Early bridges of Adelaide and their stories: never a bridge too far

Presented by Chris Durrant

No sooner up than down was the fate of Adelaide’s early bridges. From Hindmarsh to Hackney, the River Torrens soon defeated every structure, so this will be a tour of bridges long since vanished. But in their wake is a rich history, one that includes Frome’s failure, Freeling’s folly and the publican who went mad.

After a former life as an academic mathematician, Chris Durrant discovered South Australian history in retirement 15 years ago. Since then he has been collating documents that describe life in the early settlement of Adelaide. He has also researched the history of the Hack family, work which contributed to Iola Mathew’s Chequered Lives, a biography of John Barton Hack and his younger brother Stephen.

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Early bridges of Adelaide and their stories: never a bridge too far

Presented by Chris Durrant

No sooner up than down was the fate of Adelaide’s early bridges. From Hindmarsh to Hackney, the River Torrens soon…

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