Wednesday Photo Challenge – Bridge

July 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm | Posted in Australia, heritage, History, Photography, Tourism | 6 Comments
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I am having another go at the photo challenge, and hope that my photos will upload and present themselves as they are supposed to do this time. It has been frustrating to miss the last challenges due to difficulties that wordpress has not been able to resolve for me.

The challenge this week is to post a photo of a bridge – either a physical bridge between two sides of a landscape, or a metaphorical one where a person or event has allowed you to move from one position to another.

My photos are of a different kind of bridge. The old Catherine Hill Bay jetty was a bridge between the coal mine and the colliers that carried their product to other places along the NSW coast.



The jetty is crumbling now and under threat of being pulled down for safety reasons.


It is an icon of the coal mining and transport industries of NSW and it is a pity nothing was done to save it after it ceased operation with the closure of the mine.


Catherine Hill Bay – Catho to the locals and those who love it – will not be the same without the jetty.










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  1. Bridges need to be kept. They remind us of the past and make great photos. Great to hear from you. We are still doing the Big Lap and are in Geraldton. Just fulfilled John’s desire to visit the Abrolhos Islands, site of the wreck of the Batavia.

  2. You did it 🙂 well done and a great post. It is a pity what is left of the bridge doesn’t bear testimony to the vital role it played during the halcyon days of coastal mining. Not that we’re missing the mining but one would have thought the bridge forms part of Cathos historic interest. 🙂 Linda

  3. Your photos look great! It will be sad for the locals to lose such a vital piece of their history if the jetty has to be pulled down.

  4. Cool jetty, Linda. The photos came out fine. We have old train trestles that look very similar and are also under threat as they fall into disrepair. It’s sad when those pieces of history are lost.

  5. Oh, man, I love these industrial structures, especially in decay! There is something so dignified and wounded about them. I must go out and snap a few metal ‘landscapes’ myself – although my pics are hardly likely to match this standard.

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