Newey Bridge, Convict Station Drift
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A small rectangular tapered concrete pylon was installed on the northern side of the western and eastern approaches to the concrete bridge. Both pylons were provided with a rectangular recess, with chamfered sides, to accommodate a metal plaque.
The wording of the plaque was recorded in a contemporary newspaper article published in the Cape Mercury in December 1933. The wording was transcribed by Walters (2014):
This bridge is named
It is assumed that identical plaques were installed on both pylons. This has however not been confirmed, as both plaques have unfortunately been removed. One of the plaques was fortunately photographed prior to its theft - see photograph right.
The recess for the plaque on the pylon on the western approach had a name and date scratched onto the face of the wet concrete namely: W C Simpson, December 11, 1933. It is not unlikely that Simpson was working for the bridge contractor.
Ref: Walters 2014:103-104.
(William MARTINSON 2014)
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