TALK : ‘The Rise and Fall of the Iron Bridge’ by Miles Lewis / June 30th

Miles Lewis

Presented by the Royal Heritage Society of Victoria (RHSV), Emeritus Professor Miles Lewis AM will discuss prefabricated iron bridges and their usage.

The earliest cast-iron bridges imitated those in timber or stone because there was no established idea of what an iron bridge should be like, and most of them were simple arches. But over the next century wrought iron, and then steel, became important bridge-building materials. The arch bridge was joined by the suspension bridge, the box girder, the parallel-chorded girder, and even more elaborate forms.

Bridges fabricated in Europe were sent across the world to places like Latin America, Japan, and India. Exported bridges faced special problems – the cost and difficulty of transporting the components, the lack of skilled labour at the site, and unexpected foundation problems and hydrological conditions.

Thursday 30 Jun 2022
5:30pm – 7pm
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