Canning Bridge’s Heritage Celebrated

  The last of Perth’s historic major road bridges that cross the Canning and Swan rivers has been permanently State heritage listed.

 John McGrath joined Heritage Minister John Castrilli on 28 March 2012 to formally recognise and celebrate the bridge as a permanent listing on the state Register of Heritage Places.   

 John Castrilli said the original Canning Bridge was built in 1849 and was the first road link between the City of Perth and the port of Fremantle.

 “Prior to its construction, the area was known as “Hell’s Gate” because it was a difficult but important ferry crossing that delivered goods from the port city to Perth,” he said.

 “Over the years, the bridge was replaced several times as the population grew, and horse-drawn vehicles were replaced with the motor car. The current Cnaning Bridge was built in 1937 and a westbound bridge added in 1958.

 “As a result, what we have today is a unique bridge that is made up of two adjacent structures built 21 years apart that currently service 80,000 vehicles per day.”

 “Main Roads WA is commended for conserving this bridge, one of the few major arterial bridges made of timber,” Mr Castrilli said.