Relevant themes from the City of Stonnington Environmental History are indicated by TEH.
What is Significant? MacRobertson Bridge is three-span steel arched road bridge crossing the Yarra River at Grange Road, Toorak. It was built 1933-1934 using funds donated by Sir Macpherson Robertson to mark the centenary of Victoria.
Elements that contribute to the significance of the place include (but are not limited to):
- The original form, materials and detailing of the bridge
- The generally high level of intactness to its original form
- Unimpeded views to the bridge from street level and from the river and its banks
- Early signs and commemorative plaques.
- The general absence of modern signage on the bridge and its immediate environs.
Modern elements including the addition to the northern end of the bridge are not significant.
How is it significant? MacRobertson Bridge is of local historical and architectural significance to the City of Stonnington.
Why is it significant? MacRobertson Bridge is historically significant for its association with prominent confectionary manufacturer and philanthropist Sir MacPherson Robertson (Criterion H). The bridge has added historical significance as the site of a crossing point on the Yarra dating back to the establishment of the Twickenham ferry service in the 1880s (TEH 4.2.3 MacRobertson Bridge Criterion A).
Architecturally, the bridge is significant as a prominent landmark, embellished with Art Deco style elements in the pillars, parapets and metal guard rails (Criterion E).