The History of Maitland's Bridges

The History of Maitland's Bridges

The stories behind some of Maitland’s most striking local landmarks will be uncovered when Maitland City Library presents Building Bridges as part of the Look Who’s Talking program on Thursday 28 February.

When the first Belmore Bridge opened 150 years ago in 1869, it marked a new chapter in the development of Maitland. Since then bridges have become an important part of the local environment, a measure of the desire to link communities and overcome boundaries. They are also significant contributors to the visual landscape.

City Librarian Keryl Collard says, ‘Bridges are a feature of our local community. More than practical structures of concrete and steel, they can be seen as inspiring emblems of our cultural heritage’.

Former Chief Engineer with NSW Department of Public Works, Michael Clarke, will draw upon his considerable knowledge and experience in engineering to examine the history, design and construction of local bridges that have been a crucial part of Maitland’s social and commercial life.

Michael Clarke was born in Morpeth and began working as a trainee with the Public Works Department in 1957. After 40 years he retired as Chief Engineer, following which he was awarded the John Monash Medal for Engineering Heritage and the Order of Australia Medal for services to engineering and conservation. He has also received the Hazel De Beer Award for Oral History.

Bookings for this free event are recommended and may be made online at or for more information call Maitland Library on 4933 6952.

Building Bridges is presented by Maitland City Library.

Event Details
Building Bridges
Thursday 28 February 2019
Maitland Gaol 6.00pm – 7.30pm