Brisbane's Bridge of Gold


By MT

Every day motorists crossing Brisbane’s Walter Taylor Bridge are unaware of the riches that lie beneath the wheels of their vehicles. For it’s a fact that under one of the bridge’s massive pylons is a fortune in gold. Perhaps the largest goldfield ever discovered in Australia…and it has never been mined.

The strange story of Brisbane’s golden bridge takes us back to the Great Depression of the 1930s, a time when such a gold discovery was badly needed ; a discovery that would have provided work for countless people and helped bolster the crippled economy of the nation.

At this same time a brilliant engineer named Walter Taylor was trying to realize a dream. It was his ambition to build a huge bridge across the Brisbane River from its western bank but unfortunately he met with some political resistance to the idea and after almost six years of negotiations, learned that public funding for his project would not be forthcoming.

The full article can be found in the January 2011 issue of Gold Gem and Treasure. Subscribe now.

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