Recalling Before and After – The West Gate Bridge
Looking from the Williamstown Road/Webb dock area towards the West Gate Bridge, just a day or so before the bridge collapsed. Contrast the sky in this photo to the blue of the later photo – such a grim threatening portent over the unhappy bridge.
The West Gate Bridge, on the day the final piece of the deck of the bridge was pulled up in position. I waited and waited to photograph this pleasing revival, bringing the project back to life. Look at the sky. I included this photo as I felt that even the elements were at last harmonious and satisfied.
The West Gate Bridge Disaster
At 11.50 am on 15 October 1970, a 120 metre span of the West Gate Bridge collapsed during construction, killing 35 workers.
They are remembered with a plaque beneath the bridge on the Spotswood side of the Yarra, paid for and erected by their fellow workers. The memorial plaque was unveiled on 15 October 1978. A memorial park was opened on 15 October 2004.
Saturday marks the 46th anniversary of the West Gate Bridge tragedy.