Photographer's Note

From Autumn last, May 15, when Santo, Klaudio and I took Francesco (francio64) to Williamstown. The day was cold but still, and a pale light penetrated the clouds to create a silvery surface on the waters of Hobson's Bay. I've already posted a few shots from that day, and here is another one, looking north towards the Westgate Bridge, a cable-stayed girder bridge which spans the Yarra River near its mouth and carries on its 10 lanes nearly all the traffic between the eastern and western suburbs of Melbourne.

I was going to post this shot on the 15 October, to commemorate the collapse of one of the huge box-girder spans during the bridge's construction on that date in 1970, killing 35 workmen, but I forgot to do so. I can remember the day quite vividly, and often pass by the memorial plaque at the western end of the bridge. The huge 112 metre span weighing 2,000 tons crashed down 50 metres into the mud beside the Yarra River. Work was halted on numerous other cable-stayed bridges around the world while they were checked.

The 2.5 kilometer bridge was finally completed in 1978. Only recently large barriers were erected along its length to stop people committing suicide, a phenomenon which had occurred on average once every 3 weeks over a period of more than 30 years.

Anyone interested can watch this ABC news report of the tragic event on YouTube

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