Grafton bridges

Two sides of Auckland, now linked.

Grafton Gully was changed forever with the building of a walking bridge in 1884, then the existing Grafton Road bridge, 1907-1910.

The steep, forested gully that had previously divided the upper parts of the city was spanned with one of the world’s most impressive concrete arch bridges of the time. The bridge became an iconic Auckland landmark.

  • <p>The bridge’s strength was tested with 292 tons of road metal on 15 March 1910.</p><p>Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19100324-3-1.</p>
  • <p>A crowd on Grafton Bridge, 26 May, 1910.  </p><p>http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22846548</p>
  • <p>Early stages of the building of Grafton Bridge looking across from Grafton Road, January 11, 1908. <em>Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19080116-5-1.</em></p>
  • <p>The bridge was constructed using a huge timber support structure,  c1910. <em>Frederick Nelson Jones, Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/1-009511-G. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22555589</em></p>
  • <p>Cemetery Gully footbridge, c1905. Burton Brothers studio, Te papa, Ref: O.036482. http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Object/1186344</p>
  • <p>The Grafton Gully footbridge, c1890s. <em>Burton Brothers studio. Te Papa, Ref:   C.011220. http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/Object/16345</em></p>
  • <p>Looking north from Symonds Street Cemetery, over Grafton Gully towards the harbour, North Shore and Rangitoto Island, showing the original Grafton Bridge, c1904. <em>Henry Winkelmann, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1-W1121.</em></p>

Grafton Bridge

Grafton Bridge, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand