Malmsbury Viaduct, Malmsbury

The Malmsbury Viaduct is a large brick and stone masonry arch bridge over the Coliban River at Malmsbury on the Bendigo Railway in Victoria Australia. It was erected as part of the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway between 1858 and 1861, and was at the time the largest masonry arch railway bridge built in Victoria.Construction of the Bendigo line commenced under the Melbourne, Mount Alexander and Murray River Railway Company in 1858, but this private consortium met with financial difficulties when it was unable to raise sufficient funds, and was bought out by the Victorian colonial government in 1860 when it formed the Victorian Railways Department.The contract for the first stage of the line from Footscray to Sandhurst (now Bendigo), was let to Cornish and Bruce for £3,356,937.2s.2d ($6.714 million) with work commencing on 1 June 1858. Completion of the permanent way was to be by 31 July 1861.The design work was then taken over by Captain Andrew Clarke, R. E., Surveyor-General of Victoria, with the bridge designs completed by William Bryson CE, Head Draftsman, who was responsible for many of the large structures such including bridges and viaducts under the supervision of George Christian Darbyshire for the Victorian Railway. William O’Hara, Senior Draftsman with the railways department, also had experience in the design of masonry structures and so probably also contributed to the design of the viaduct.
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  • I've been here twice in the last couple of months, and both times the weather has been terrible. However, its worth braving the wind and rain to marvel at the workmanship of this Nineteenth Century bl...  more »
  • Amazing...... Take the time to walk to the base of the Viaduct/Aquaduct and look up. The stonemason work is impeccable. 600 men took 1 year to build this structure. It is an amazing piece of engineeri...  more »
  • I am so glad we finally linger a bit longer than just coffee this trip after all these years! The Malmsbury Botanical garden and viaduct are just so scenic ! The viaduct still stands tall and beautifu...  more »

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