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14 Jul 1943 – Rare Real Photo Card – Circa 1930s – No. 21 – Victoria Bridge, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Image by aussiejeff
View from the north-eastern end of the Victoria Bridge, looking due west across the Brisbane River with the Mt Coot-Tha range in the background. The far side of the river is now the Southbank & Boardwalk development, with QEII Park. The photographer for this historic image would have been situated roughly where the existing Riverside Expressway now runs.
Note the huge Mobil "PLUME" petrol illuminated advertising sign – hard to miss! The complete lack of motor vehicles & the shadow direction suggests the photo was likely taken on a Sunday around mid-morning, with most everyone back then attending churches – hence the lack of human activity.
This steel girder bridge replaced previous short lived wooden structures & was opened to the public in 1897. It remained in use for 72 years, until it was finally demolished in 1969, replaced by a modern concrete span structure. Ref: brisbanesouth.com.au/the-victoria-bridge/
The original real photo card (1 of 12 still surviving from a packet of black & white "Valentine’s Snapshots") was purchased by my late father-in-law, Driver Tom Beazley of the Australian 2/4th Anti Malaria Control Unit, 9th Division, 2nd Australian Imperial Force, just before embarking on a troopship with his truck, bound for Port Moresby, New Guinea.
Digitized & restored from the original scratched & faded card using Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 8.0