In 1857, in response to demand on the Abattoir, the the first the Blackbutt bridge, constructed from Tasmanian Blackbutt replaced the Punt to Glebe Island. This Bridge incorporated a hand-cranked manual lift-span, which allowed shipping to pass through to the bays.

Sydney, ANZAC and Glebe Island Bridges, Sydney - photo MarghanitaIn 1903, demand for public transport saw the opening of a new bridges across Darling Harbour, to Glebe Island and further along the road to ryde at Drummoyne and Gladesville. The swing span of these bridges allowed two ships to pass through simultaneously on either side of the central pivot. Source: (viewed 26 January 2013)

The ANZAC Bridge, the third bridge across the mouth of the Rozelle and Blackwattle bays opened in 1995.

More at Annandale to Sydney (Self Guided Walk)

Threat to State Heritage Listing of Glebe Island Bridge

This vital piece of Sydney's transport infrastructure is under threat, with the draft down grading of Glebe Island Bridge from "NSW State Heritage" to "Likely to be of NSW State Heritage".

As a walking/cycling bridge, it could still be opened/close at particular times of day to allow water traffic (from super marina) to pass on both sides of the central span as well as providing a pedestrian, cycling and emergency vehicles (including ambulances from Callan Park) route to Sydney University, UTS and the city.

A revised heritage listing, currently in draft, states "The Glebe Island Bridge, across Johnstons Bay, is likely to be of State significance as it demonstrates one of the earliest examples of an electric powered swing bridge in the world"

Whereas the current listing states "The bridge has been assessed as being of State significance."

The Heritage Council of NSW has resolved to give notice of its intention to consider listing Glebe Island Bridge on the State Heritage Register in acknowledgement of its heritage significance to the people of New South Wales, see link below.

Notice of Intention to consider listing on the State Heritage Register of: Glebe Island Bridge, Bank Street, Pyrmont

The advice is in accordance with section 33 (1)(a) of the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW).

Any member of the community, owners, managers, organisations or other interested parties are invited to make a written submission regarding the proposed listing and significance of Glebe Island Bridge. Submissions should be posted or emailed to the Heritage Office of NSW at the following address during the public submission period, which closes on 12 June 2013:

Heritage Council of NSW
Locked Bag 5020
Parramatta NSW 2124

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