The Bridge, over Moonee Ponds Creek was constructed in 1869 by the Broadmeadows District Road Board and cost £1063. It replaced an earlier bridge constructed at this location in 1854. The 1869 bridge was built with a government subsidy of £500 and Robert Grant was the contractor for its construction. It sits on unreserved Crown Land and carries Fawkner Street over Moonee Ponds Creek. The bridge is a flat segmental arch bluestone structure with granite used in the piers. It has elaborate stonework detailing which includes an arcaded bluestone balustrade, bluestone dentils at road level, curved bluestone retaining walls to the approaches and prominent voussoirs and keystones to the arch. The end piers protrude from the structure and are faced with contrasting bluestone and granite.
How is it significant?
The Bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek is of architectural, aesthetic and historical importance to the State of Victoria
Why is it significant?
The Bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek is of architectural and aesthetic importance for its elaborate stonework detailing, which demonstrates skilled stonemasonry. Of particular note are the dentils below the road level, the arcaded balustrade and the contrasting bluestone and granite piers. It is a rare example of a small road bridge with elaborate detailing, more often used for larger and more prominent bridges.
The Bridge over Moonee Ponds Creek is of historical importance for its association with the expansion of Victoria's infrastructure in the 1860s. The bridge is an important indication of the early investment in roads that established important links in Victoria's transport system. It was particularly important in providing a more direct link between local producers and their clientele who were across the creek and further south of Westmeadows. The route through Westmeadows was also an alternative route to the north goldfields. The elaborate detailing in the bridge demonstrates the importance given to engineering structures of the time, and the desire for them to be picturesque as well as functional.