Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th July, 2021
Brig O'Johnston Bridge
An Australian CamperTrailers Group members weekend
get together was held at the Williams River
Holiday Park on the Williams River at Clarence Town NSW on the weekend of
Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th July 2021 hosted by Rob & Carol. Unfortunately
only six of the sixteen camper trailers registered could attend because of
the Sydney Covid lockdown.
Most arrived on the Thursday to make it an extra long weekend. The wet
weather did not deter the enthusiasm of the small group who spent time
catching up around the campfires & swapping stories. Most avoided the rain
of Saturday night to enjoy a meal at the nearby bowling club.
Members Gordon & Von came for the day on Sunday, while Darren & Kim set up
camp on the Sunday afternoon to kick off their around Australia trip.
There was plenty of bird life around, along with a pair of Muscovy Ducks
dropping in each morning to say hi. There were visiting possums & bush rats
It was great to see everyone leaving with a smile on their faces.
Rob & Carol
The Brig O'Johnston Bridge
over the Williams River at Clarence Town was built in 1880 to
replace a ford which was impassable when the river was high. It
is the oldest surviving timber truss bridge in NSW & one of 26
bridges identified for conservation in the Transport for NSW
Timber Truss Bridge Conservation Strategy in consultation with
the Heritage Council of NSW.
The bridge is an old Public Works Department type timber truss
road bridge. It has two timber truss spans, each of 30 metres
(100 ft). There are three timber approach spans at one end and
one at the other giving the bridge an overall length of 116
metres (380 ft). The main spans are supported by twin cast iron
cylindrical piers braced with iron stiffeners and provides a
single-lane carriageway. The minimum width of the carriageway is
4.6 metres (15 ft). A timber post and rail guard rail extends
the full length of the bridge.
photos from Rob