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Photograph [Bob and Margaret Semple, Opening Mataura Arch Bridge, 1939]; Phillips,...

Photograph [Bob and Margaret Semple, Opening Mataura Arch Bridge, 1939]; Phillips, E.A. (Dunedin); 22.07.1939; MT2011.185.522
Photograph [Bob and Margaret Semple, Opening Mataura Arch Bridge, 1939]
About this object
A black and white photograph of the Hon Bob Semple, his wife Margaret (right) and Jessie Sinclair nee Bain (left)) at the opening of the new concrete arch bridge in Mataura on 22 July 1939.

Bob Semple was the then Minister of Public Works and officially opened the Bridge on 22 July 1939. This solidly-constructed single-span bridge replaced the one-way suspension bridge which had been there since 1868, but could no longer cope with the increasing traffic. The opening was a much-celebrated event, and the Mataura & Districts Historical Society holds an issued invitation (to Mr. A. Bradley & partner), listing the programme of events and the toast list.

Maker Role
photograph, black and white
Date Made
Medium and Materials
processed material, paper
Inscription and Marks
Embossed on front: 'E A Phillip, Photo, Dunedin'.Handwritten in ink on reverse 'No 4'.

Handwritten in blue ink on the back of the picture frame that this photograph was originally displayed in: ' Jessie Sinclair 'nee Bain'. Prime Minister Bob Semple (note this incorrect) and wife Margaret.

h 165mm x w 215mm

Subject and Association Keywords
mataura bridge
transport and communication/roads
Credit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.
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