Beulah bridge archaeology

 

The civil works contractor and archaeologist working on the reinstatement of the Beulah road and bridge are continuing to reveal and document the original structures.

Work has now moved to the bridge where an excavator has been used to carefully scrape back the topsoil to uncover the surviving original fabric. The initial scrapes revealed the ends of the deck that was formed to repair the bridge after WW2. The deck is constructed of timber decking boards bolted to recycled steel railway tracks which bridged the two abutments, this structure was laid over the top of the original timber joists and decking and was obviously undertaken when the original deck and joists lost their structural integrity.

Excavator clearing away topsoil off bridge. Photo Richard Taylor © Sydney Living Museums

After being documented by the archaeologist the decking and joists will be carefully lifted out of the bridge abutments and stacked on site near to the bridge. SLM hopes that two of the original timber joists will be strong enough that they can be reincorporated back into the new bridge structure. The reincorporated joists would be positioned on the edges of the new bridge structure where they would be subjected to minimal weight loading.

Post World War II bridge deck timbers and recycled railway tracks exposed. Photo Richard Taylor © Sydney Living Museums

About the Author

Portrait view of man in black long sleeved shirt with arms crossed against background of old building.
Richard Taylor
Former Project Manager
Heritage Team
Richard Taylor was a project manager in the heritage team at Sydney Living Museums.

Group of people with table full of string making materials for Aboriginal education program.

Education

Thousands of students learn to warurabanga (make string)Wednesday 14 August 2019

On Thursday 8 August, almost 3,000 teachers and students across NSW took part in a live virtual excursion, direct from Museum of Sydney, the site of first Government House - a unique place from which to explore Australian history from multiple perspectives.

Whimsical wallpaper of space travel from the 1950s

 

1950s sci-fi wallpaper Wednesday 24 July 2019

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Library Display

New Library DisplaysTuesday 23 July 2019

Whet your appetite for the Songs of Home exhibition at the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, where our new displays explore how, even before CDs and Spotify, Sydney homes were filled with music.

Cartland door knockers

Digitisation

Rare Cartland Catalogue OnlineFriday 28 June 2019

As part of the CSL&RC's ongoing digitisation efforts, this rare 1886 catalogue for the James Cartland General Brass Foundry, containing a whopping 682 pages of door, window and cabinet hardware, is now available through our Internet Archive page.