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Bridging the Gap Early Bridges in New Zealand 1830-1939

Large hardback 2001, 312pages, very good condition

Bridges are often seen as little more than useful works of architecture: they help us cross rivers and ravines, gullies and ditches. Bridging the Gap, however, makes an excellent argument for thinking of many of our bridges in New Zealand as works of art. Geoffrey Thornton has nurtured a lifelong interest in bridges and in this book he examines the architecture construction and financial, social and political history of some of New Zealand?s earliest bridges.

" This book describes bridges still in use like the Makatote Viaduct and the Awatere River road and railway bridge, important bridges that have been replaced, like the Waitaki road and railway bridge in the South Island, and those that have been retained for special interest, like the Percy Burn Viaduct used by trampers on the Hump Track in the Waitutu Forest in Southland.

The author gives clear descriptions of the designs and of the circumstances of their construction. The text is amply illustrated with 270 photographs of interesting bridges from the north to the south of New Zealand, both bridges still in use and some that no longer exist." - Reviewed by Dorothy
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