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The bridge acrosff the Cemetery gully was formally declared open by the Mayor on Saturday afternoon. At one o'clock, the Mayor, the Town Clerk, the members of the City Council, and the following gentlemem, besides others, met at the bridge : —Hon. Dr. Pollen, M.L.C.; Messrs. F. J. Moss, M.H.11.; T. Thompson, M.H.R.; J. Stewart, W. Anderson, W. Errington, P. Lundon, Superintendent Thomson, Mr. Pierce Lanigan (contractor for the dock), Mr. Sloman (master of Girls' H;igh School), Mr. Beveridge, Mr. H. Wade, amd Mr. G. Harper.. The Mayor, addressing those present, said that the contractors had invited the Council to come and inspect tho work, and they felt it their duty to respond to the invitation. Often this could not be dene in regard to contracts of the Council, but s;o far as he could learn from the Engineer be was in every way well satisfied with the work. The work was creditable to the Engineer (Mr, Anderson), the contractor, and the Council. The approaches to the bridge would be put in order without delay. The bridge would be a great boon to the Grafton Ward and to the citizens in giving easy access to the Domain and that portion of tho city. He had much pleasure in declaring that the bridge was now opeD for traffic. The health of th contractors, Messrs. Larkins and O'Brien, was then drunk in a bumper of champagne. \ Mr. George Harper, as an outsider, thought Messrs. Larkins and O'Brien had done thtiir work well, and showed that anything tfeey took up in future would be satisfactorily carried out. Mr. Montague thought the members of the Grafton Ward, Messrs. La Roche, Mackechnie, and Holland, deserved thanks for their exertions in hastening the construction of the bridge. Mr. Mackechnie said the Grafton Road Board had long desired to have a bridge erected, but were unable to do so from want of funds. The bridge would be a great public convenience, as anyone could see from the large number of persons who oame across it daily. He congratulated the contraotors on the success of the undertaking. Superintendent Thomson suggested that a wire net should be placed along both sides of. the bridge above the present protection, so as to prevent accidents. We understand that this will be done. Mr. Laßoche proposed the health of the Engineer, Mr. W. Anderson, who, in responding, said the work had been done in a creditable manner, and he believed the contractors were fitted to carry out equally well any work that might be entrusted to them. There wore a few contractors in Auckland who could always be so trusted, and he was pleased to say that Messrs. Larkins and O'Brien belonged to them. The bridge is 360 feet long, consisting of three spans 120 feet each. The centre span is about 85 feet high. There are two piers 75 feet high. The bridge cost about £1300.

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OPENING OF THE BRIDGE ACROSS CEMETERY GULLY., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7271, 9 March 1885

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OPENING OF THE BRIDGE ACROSS CEMETERY GULLY. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXII, Issue 7271, 9 March 1885

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