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Bridge in Clunes

This is not a bridge in a famous city, it's not in some one exotic location. Rather it's tucked away in country Victoria in a small town called Clunes. It's an old bridge and has its own quiet grandness about it. Surrounded by the green trees and grass complemented by autumn shades, it stands out as a solid bridge serving its purpose to the locals and tourists alike.

The water under the bridge is not fast flowing but it has a present with reflections and conglomerations of rocks making it interesting to the photographer's eye at least. The paths alongside the river provide the walker with a place to wander and look for the hidden treasures of this place.

A little research suggests that this bridge was built in 1896 with stone and steel girders, replacing the bridge built in 1861 from a government grant of 10,000 pounds. The bridge was named Government Bridge in response to the grant. At the time it was the main bridge across the river with prior crossings being fjords or small bridges. Before long though other bridges were also built.

Bridges must have played a critical role in the lives of residents of small towns, opening up their world so they access other towns and welcome newcomers and visitors. Without a sturdy bridge it would have been difficult to maintain contact with people outside the town.

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