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« on: October 21, 2013, 08:14:52 AM »
Announced on radio this morning that tours will be conducted through the Indooroopilly end of the bridge.  Starting this weekend.  Have to be booked via BCC.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2013, 08:20:20 AM »
ABC Inside the Walter Taylor Bridge --> http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2011/12/13/3390164.htm
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2013, 08:22:27 AM »
612 ABC Brisbane Breakfast with Spencer Howson

Walter Taylor Bridge tours start this weekend

21 October 2013 , 9:19 AM by Spencer Howson |

Brisbane is to get another tourist attraction. Although it may well be that curious locals are the main customers.

It's been known for several months that Brisbane City Council is opening up Indooroopilly's Walter Taylor Bridge to tours.

But this morning, for the first time, Council is announcing the tours are starting this weekend. They're free. You can book on 3403 8888.

Julian Simmonds is councillor for Walter Taylor Ward:

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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2013, 08:32:19 AM »
Walter Taylor Bridge --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Taylor_Bridge
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2013, 08:35:03 AM »


Official opening of the Indooroopilly Toll Bridge, Brisbane, 1936.
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 01:35:45 PM »
From Cr Nicole Johnston's e-mail newsletter last week:

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WALTER TAYLOR BRIDGE TOURS NOW OPEN
Public tours of the Walter Taylor Bridge northern pylon, on the Indooroopilly side of the bridge, will be open from 26 October.  Six tours a day taking approximately 45 minutes will be conducted by volunteer Brissie Greeters on Saturdays and Sundays.  Maximum group size is 12 people.

This Brisbane icon was designed by local architect Walter Taylor, whose character buildings including the Graceville Uniting Church and Honour Ave Shops are scattered throughout the district. The bridge was opened to traffic as a toll road in 1936. Sadly Council is not offering tours of the southern pylon. To book call the Council call centre on 3403 8888.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Walter Taylor’s achievements, the Oxley Chelmer History Group published an illustrated book entitled the Remarkable Walter Taylor. The book is available for sale or loan at Brisbane City Libraries.  If you are interested in local history pop along to the Oxley Chelmer History Group's monthly meetings. Call 3379 1967 for more information.


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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2014, 04:16:05 PM »
Trove --> http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/36809332

Courier Mail 13 Feb 1936

Indooroopilly bridge to be opened tomorrow
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« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2016, 07:58:11 AM »
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Happy 80th birthday Walter Taylor Bridge in Indooroopilly. Who was Walter Taylor? http://buzz.mw/bakm8_f 
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2018, 01:51:30 AM »
Brisbanetimes --> The Taylor-made Brisbane bridge that made history


The opening of the Indooroopilly Toll Bridge in 1936.Credit:John Oxley Library

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Few would have travelled across the Indooroopilly bridge without wondering what went on behind those windows in the art deco towers at either end, especially in the days when washing flapped on the line outside.

The Walter Taylor Bridge at Indooroopilly was the only habitable bridge in the southern hemisphere.

The bridge is named after the man who built it and, at the time of its opening on February 14, 1936, was Australia’s longest suspension bridge and was beaten only by the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the title of the country’s longest single-span bridge.

In fact, the resourceful Mr Taylor sourced his cables from the Sydney construction site. They were going cheap as surplus, after being used to hold up the incomplete halves of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during its construction.

The Walter Taylor Bridge is 182.88 metres long and was modelled on a bridge in Floreanapolis, Brazil.

Its construction was welcomed by the people of Chelmer, who were fed up with a ferry that couldn’t handle the growing number of cars that were cut off from the city by the river.

At its opening, it was boasted: “No longer will there be delays to road traffic at the brink of the river, waiting for the slow-moving punt to cross and recross. The journey over the bridge by car is a matter of seconds.”

Wow, just seconds!

Until Mr Taylor’s death in 1955, it was called the Indooroopilly Toll Bridge and it was the tollkeepers who called the bridge home.

The canny builder-designer had foreseen the benefits of having his workers living on site and the three-storey apartments at either end were built specifically for that purpose.

At the Indooroopilly end, Mort Green was installed as tollmaster and the bridge was to remain the Green family home for the next 70 years.

When he quit the job after a decade, in 1946, he handed over to his son Ron who with his good wife raised six children in the bridge tower.

Although the internal space is bigger (and quieter) than expected, it is still hard to imagine it as a home for a family of eight but it must have worked for them, as it was 2009 before the last of the Greens left the bridge.

It’s said the Greens never owned a car but then they wouldn’t have needed one as dad’s work was quite literally on the job. It was the children’s jobs to count and wrap the coins.

The tower at the Chelmer end was first occupied by John McDougall, a Scottish immigrant. It seems nepotism was alive and well even in those days, as it’s likely he scored the job - and the house - through his connection with the Graceville Methodist Church, which was designed and built by the bridge’s owner.

Walter Taylor was a devout Methodist.

The Chelmer tower was rented to university students through the 1970s and '80s and still bears the scars of the occupation.

What was designed as a grand ballroom on the groundfloor actually became a flat where even more students could jam inside.

Nevertheless, the graffiti and signs of student occupation have also become a valid part of the bridge’s life.

The toll was finally removed from the bridge in 1965 when Brisbane City Council took it over and, in 1992, it was placed on the Queensland Heritage Register.

It’s a fascinating story but the best way to learn more about it is to go out and see for yourself with the Brisbane Greeters. Book online.

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